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  Dictionary Definition of coot

coot
noun
1. any of the aquatic birds of the genus Fulica characterised by lobate toes and short wings and tail, as the Australian coot, Fulica atra, a large black bird with a white frontal shield and bill.
2. Also, bald coot. swamphen.
3. any of various other swimming and diving birds, as the scoter.
4. Colloquial a fool; simpleton.
5. Colloquial a man: 'Jock's a decent coot,' snapped Frank, 'even if he is a Pommy.' -- XAVIER HERBERT, 1938.
[cf. D koet ]