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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We had the tar right there, just throw the old coot ill and cook him and use him for fill.
▪ And by the way, old coot, cough up $ 200 for our trouble.
▪ Taking off your clothes for an old coot like him?
▪ She thought Mrs Magendanz had seen the old coot staggering around the house and screaming abuse at her.
▪ A coot sat fidgeting on a bulky nest construction, flicking stems out of the way, pushing a twig into position.
▪ And by the way, old coot, cough up $ 200 for our trouble.
▪ Currently, an estimated 300 to 500 geese, ducks and coots live there.
▪ He was a good player but bald as a coot.
▪ Its surface is broken with coots, paddling away, dipping their beaks and twitching the water down their throats.
▪ On deeper water teal, mallard and great crested grebes bobbed and coots squawked and chased each other noisily.
▪ Rain sheeted down on gad wall, tufted duck, coot and mallard.
▪ We had the tar right there, just throw the old coot ill and cook him and use him for fill.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Coot \Coot\ (k[=oo]t), n. [Cf. D. koet, W. cwtair; cwta short, bodtailed + iar hen; cf. cwtau to dock. Cf. Cut.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. A wading bird with lobate toes, of the genus Fulica. The common European or bald coot is Fulica atra (see under bald); the American is Fulica Americana.

    2. The surf duck or scoter. In the United States all the species of ( [OE]demia are called coots. See Scoter. ``As simple as a coot.''

  2. A stupid fellow; a simpleton; as, a silly coot. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, cote, used for various water fowl (now limited to Fulica atra and, in North America, F. americana), of uncertain origin. Compare Dutch meercoet "lake coot." Meaning "silly person, fool" is attested from 1766.


n. 1 Any of various aquatic birds of the genus ''Fulica'' that are mainly black with a prominent frontal shield on the forehead. 2 (context colloquial English) A stupid fellow; a simpleton


n. slaty-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks


Coots are small water birds that are members of the Rallidae (rail) family. They constitute the genus Fulica, the name being the Latin for "coot". Coots have predominantly black plumage, and—unlike many rails—they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water. They are close relatives of the moorhen.

Coot (disambiguation)

A coot is a water bird.

Coot or Coots may also refer to:

  • Ed "Coots" Matthews, co-founder of Boots & Coots, a company specializing in putting out oil well fires
  • John Frederick Coots, American songwriter who wrote "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
  • Coot Kin, a family of cartoon characters
  • Coot (software), Crystallographic Object-Oriented Toolkit, a free chemistry software
  • the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips at Colby College, ME
  • the NATO reporting name of four Soviet airplanes:
    • Coot, the second version of the Ilyushin Il-18, or a generic designation for the Il-18, Il-20, Il-22 and Il-24
    • Coot-A, the Ilyushin Il-20 (1948)
    • Coot-B, the Ilyushin Il-22, an airborne command center version of the Il-18
    • Coot-C, the Ilyushin Il-24, an unbuilt variant
  • Taylor Coot, an amphibious civilian airplane built by Moulton Taylor
  • Coot (vehicle), a four-wheel-drive articulated amphibious ATV built in the U.S. from 1967 to 1985
  • Coot (trawler), Icelandic owned trawler
  • Coots Lake, a lake in Georgia
Coot (software)

The program Coot (Crystallographic Object-Oriented Toolkit) is used to display and manipulate atomic models of macromolecules, typically of proteins or nucleic acids, using 3D computer graphics. It is primary focussed on the building and validation of atomic models into 3-dimensional electron density maps obtained by X-ray crystallography methods, although it has also been applied to data from electron microscopy.

Usage examples of "coot".

She awakened on the verge of death every time with the image of their cruel eyes imprinted on her memory, their mocking laughter ringing in her ears: Earl Millhouse, Coot Demarest, and their comrades, Zachariah Hudson, Arthur Bertram, and J.

Zach Hudson, Earl Millhouse, and Coot Demarest murdered Daniel and Sarah Hart, and their daughter Jenny at their farm outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama, over three years ago.

Reverend Coot quietly reminded Declan Ewan to report the blocked drains to the County Council.

On the other hand, grebes and coots are eminently aquatic, although their toes are only bordered by membrane.

By stretching his neck a little more, Coots could see the backs of Bobby-My-Boy and Tiny sitting at a table on either side of Chinky, each with a hand in her lap.

This year was happy in unusual numbers of birds (nesting-time had been particularly favourable) and Stephen and Brigid wandered about the smooth hay-meadows, by the standing corn, and along the banks, he telling her the names of countless insects, many, many birds - kingfishers, dippers, dabchicks, and the occasional teal: coots and moorhens, of course - as well as his particular favourites, henharrier, sparrowhawk and kestrel and once a single splendid peregrine, a falcon clipping her way not much above head-height with effortless speed.

Henry stands attentively, waits each time for the new wonder, emits small noises of pleasure for each Sandhill Crane, American Coot, Great Auk, Pileated Woodpecker.

Alongside him, Buzz Aldrin - thirty-nine years old, bald as a coot, and eager as a virgin - was climbing into his own suit.

Anyway, they were busy remembering `the good old days' the way old coots usually do, and somehow the question of barn doors came up.

But the three old coots who always planted themselves out in front, to chew the fat, curse the weather, and hope for gossip, were in position.

Stone's helper-of-all-work was called Coots, a gruff old mixed-blood, part Black, part Cherokee, who kept to himself and was rumored to be a dangerous man to fool with because he had been a gunfighter.

I wouldn't even be able to afford old Coots here, if he wasn't willing to work for just bed, vittles, and my eternal gratitude.

He looked over at Coots, who shrugged and said, "He used to be a schoolteacher.

Stone and Coots scratched up for him never occupied more than five or six hours a week.

Stone and Coots had any chores for him, but he was still uncomfortable about them, and he was afraid that something in his manner might reveal that he knew their secret.