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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weth -er-kok]
    • /ˈwɛð ərˌkɒk/
    • /ˈweð.ə.kɒk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weth -er-kok]
    • /ˈwɛð ərˌkɒk/

Definitions of weathercock word

  • noun weathercock a weather vane with the figure of a rooster on it. 1
  • noun weathercock (loosely) any weather vane. 1
  • noun weathercock a person who readily adopts the latest fads, opinions, etc.: The count is the weathercock of the jet set. 1
  • noun weathercock A weathervane in the form of a rooster. 1
  • noun weathercock cockerel-shaped weather vane 1
  • noun weathercock a weather vane in the form of a cock 0

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Origin of weathercock

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
First recorded in 1250-1300, weathercock is from the Middle English word wedercoc. See weather, cock1

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Parts of speech for Weathercock


weathercock popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

weathercock usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for weathercock

noun weathercock

  • weather vane — a device, as a rod to which a freely rotating pointer is attached, for indicating the direction of the wind.
  • wind indicator — a large weather vane used at airports to indicate wind direction.
  • wind gauge — anemometer.
  • anemometer — an instrument for recording the speed and often the direction of winds
  • windsock — a tapered, tubular cloth vane, open at both ends and having at the larger end a fixed ring pivoted to swing freely, installed at airports or elsewhere to indicate wind direction and approximate intensity.

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