how to pronounce cuckoo


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the above transcription of cuckoo is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

cuckoo is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of cuckoo in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it every new cuckoo comes in or you know …”

meanings of cuckoo


  1. The cuckoo clock itself.
  2. Someone who is crazy.
  3. Alternative form of coo-coo (“Barbadian food").
  4. The bird-shaped figure found in cuckoo clocks.
  5. The sound of that particular bird.
  6. A person who inveigles themselves into a place where they should not be (used especially in the phrase a cuckoo in the nest).
  7. Any of various birds, of the family Cuculidae, famous for laying its eggs in the nests of other species; but especially the common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, that has a characteristic two-note call.


  1. To repeat something incessantly.
  2. To make the call of a cuckoo.


  1. Crazy; not sane.

cuckoo frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word cuckoo occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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