Definition of oonchook in US English:



Irish English, Newfoundland
  • 1Irish English and Newfoundland (informal and derogatory). A foolish, ignorant person, especially a female one; a dunce.

  • 2Newfoundland. Any of a number of men, usually dressed in women's clothes, who participated in a mummers' parade at Christmas. Now historical.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Banim (1798–1842), novelist and playwright. From Irish óinseach foolish woman, clown from the first element of Irish óinmhid fool (Early Irish óinmit, of uncertain origin) + -seach, feminine suffix, now often used in derogatory expressions. Compare Scottish Gaelic òinseach.