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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Coot
  1. [Zoöl]
    1. A wading bird with lobate toes, of the genus Fulica. The common European or bald coot is Fulica atrasee under bald); the American is Fulica Americana
    2. The surf duck or scoter. In the United States all the species of (Œdemia are called coots. See Scoter.
      "As simple as a coot." [Halliwell.]
  2. A stupid fellow; a simpleton; as, a silly coot .(Colloq)

Etymology: Cf. D. koet, W. cwtair; cwta short, bodtailed + iar hen; cf. cwtau to dock. Cf. Cut

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks

From Middle English cote (“coot”). Related to Dutch meerkoet.

  1. Any of various aquatic birds of the genus Fulica that are mainly black with a prominent frontal shield on the forehead.
  2. (colloquial) A foolish or eccentric fellow
    A silly .
    An old
    A rich
  3. (slang, with the) A success; something excellent.
    Man that song's the .
    Would be the if we could go this weekend!
  4. (slang) Body louse.

Notable Persons Named Coot

Coot Grant is a classic female blues, country blues, and vaudeville singing, guitarist, and songwriter. She plays Human voice and Guitar. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1900 to 1900. Coot was given the name Leola B. Pettigrew on June 17th, 1893 in Birmingham, Alabama. Coot is also known as Leola Wilson, Patsy Hunter, Pettigrew, and Leola B..


Coot Veal is a baseball player. Coot was born on July 9th, 1932 in Sandersville, Georgia.


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Fun Facts about the name Coot

  • When was the first name Coot first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Coot is Monday, July 15th, 1872.
  • How unique is the name Coot? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Coot. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Coot: Your name in reverse order is Tooc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ootc. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Coot born Oct 22, 1989

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Africa approximately on 725. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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