The cuckoos are a family of birds, Cuculidae, the sole taxon in the order Cuculiformes. The cuckoo family includes the common or European cuckoo, roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively. The cuckoo order Cuculiformes is one of three that make up the Otidimorphae, the other two being the turacos and the bustards.
The cuckoos are generally medium-sized slender birds. Most species live in trees, though a sizeable minority are ground-dwelling. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the majority of species being tropical. Some species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Some species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, but the majority of species raise their own young.
Cuckoos have played a role in human culture for thousands of years, appearing in Greek mythology as sacred to the goddess Hera. In Europe, the cuckoo is associated with spring, and with cuckoldry, for example in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. In India, cuckoos are sacred to Kamadeva, the god of desire and longing, whereas in Japan, the cuckoo symbolises unrequited love.
Insane; lunatic; demented.
“His ideas were both frightening and crazy.”
Out of control.
“When she gets on the motorcycle she goes crazy.”
Overly excited or enthusiastic.
“He went crazy when he won.”
In love; experiencing romantic feelings.
“Why is she so crazy about him?”
Very unexpected; wildly surprising.
“The game had a crazy ending.”
Characterized by weakness or feebleness; decrepit; broken; falling to decay; shaky; unsafe.
“That trick was crazy good.”
An insane or eccentric person; a crackpot.
Eccentric behaviour; lunacy.
Crazy; not sane.
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.
The sound of that particular bird.
The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself.
Someone found where they shouldn’t be (used especially in the phrase a cuckoo in the nest).
Someone who is crazy.
To make the call of a cuckoo
To repeat something incessantly
mad, especially as manifested in wild or aggressive behaviour
“Stella went crazy and assaulted a visitor”
“a crazy look”
“the noise was driving me crazy”
“it was crazy to hope that good might come out of this mess”
“I’m crazy about Cindy”
“a football-crazy bunch of boys”
(of an angle) appearing absurdly out of place or unlikely
“the monument leant at a crazy angle”
(of a ship or building) full of cracks or flaws; unsound.
“I’ve been crazy busy”
a mad person
“keep that crazy away from me”
a long-tailed, medium-sized bird, typically with a grey or brown back and barred or pale underparts. Many cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of small songbirds.
a mad person.
“people think you’re cuckoo”