noun Date: 1614 a foolish or absentminded person ; simpleton

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  • Mooncalf — Moon calf , n. 1. A monster; a false conception; a mass of fleshy matter, generated in the uterus. [1913 Webster] 2. A dolt; a stupid fellow. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mooncalf — [mo͞on′kaf΄] n. [from the notion of being influenced by the moon: see LUNATIC] 1. an idiot or fool 2. a person, esp. a youth, who spends time mooning about 3. Obs. a monstrosity …   English World dictionary

  • Mooncalf — A mooncalf (or moon calf) is the abortive fetus of a cow or other farm animal. The term was occasionally applied to an abortive human fetus. The term derives from the formerly widespread superstition, present in many European folk traditions,… …   Wikipedia

  • mooncalf — noun A foolish person. But I can think of no one but a mooncalf or a gabyWho would trust their own child to raise a baby. See Also: moon, moonstruck, moonbat …   Wiktionary

  • mooncalf — /moohn kaf , kahf /, n., pl. mooncalves. 1. a congenitally grossly deformed and mentally defective person. 2. a foolish person. 3. a person who spends time idly daydreaming. [1555 65; MOON + CALF1] * * * …   Universalium

  • mooncalf — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. idiot, simpleton, incompetent; see fool . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun One deficient in judgment and good sense: ass, fool, idiot, imbecile, jackass, moron, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, simple, simpleton, softhead, tomfool …   English dictionary for students

  • mooncalf — moon·calf || muːnkæf / kɑːf n. simpleton, stupid person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mooncalf — noun (plural mooncalves) archaic a foolish person …   English new terms dictionary

  • mooncalf — moon•calf [[t]ˈmunˌkæf, ˌkɑf[/t]] n. pl. calves a foolish person …   From formal English to slang

  • mooncalf — /ˈmunkaf/ (say moohnkahf) noun a congenital imbecile. {literally, a child influenced by the moon} …   Australian English dictionary