Definition of mooncalf in English:

mooncalf

noun

archaic
  • A foolish person.

    • ‘Everybody's laden with guilt, even Hilbert and Wilhelm, who look like utter mooncalves to me.’
    • ‘They are assumed to be knowledgeable veterans of the city, not ignorant mooncalves.’
    • ‘But if Ribisi is famous for any one thing he's done, it's Phoebe's mooncalf brother in Friends.’
    • ‘We were mooncalves when it came to Woody Allen.’
    • ‘This article is a sad commentary on the state of public schools and the navel-gazing mooncalves we hire to run them.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from moon + calf, perhaps on the pattern of German Mondkalb; originally in the sense ‘shapeless mass in the womb’, thought to be produced by the influence of the moon.

Pronunciation

mooncalf

/ˈmunkæf//ˈmo͞onkaf/