Definition of weathercock in US English:



  • A weathervane in the form of a rooster.

    • ‘She knew that she was getting nearer; the trees along the sides of the street began to look familiar, and she could almost recognize the old weathercock swinging on the roof.’
    • ‘A wooden timber frame topped with a weathercock serves as the outline of a backwoods cabin in which three brothers and their sister are orphaned when a bolt of lightning strikes.’
    • ‘There was dancing light on the roofs and weathercocks; and a shimmering ripple out to sea.’
    • ‘ALL the city's weathervanes and banners and weathercocks held still.’
    • ‘The house contains a variety of window shapes, criss-crossing gables, beautiful Art Nouveau stained-glass windows, a corner turret with a weathercock (another one exists on top of the stables).’
    • ‘The latter, nicknamed ‘Cock Chapel’ on account of the weathercock on top of its 125 ft spire - the tallest in Keighley - would close for worship in 1937.’


[no object]
  • (of a boat or aircraft) tend to turn its head into the wind; gripe.

    ‘he sometimes has a problem with the boat weathercocking before she can gather way on a new tack’
    • ‘The original boat proved seaworthy, fast and able to carry large amounts of kit, but weathercocked more than was comfortable.’
    • ‘As usual, it weathercocked a little into the wind and I got some great footage of it coming down.’
    • ‘The aircraft weathercocked about 70° to the left and slid backward down a snow-covered embankment with an average slope of -13°.’
    • ‘The result was not pretty but did show just how powerful the rudder is as she weathercocked into the downward vertical.’
    • ‘It weathercocked slightly into the wind but coasted for what seemed like ages; finally the top section popped off and the parachute came out.’
    • ‘It weathercocked badly and was under power on the way down.’
    • ‘The aircraft then weathercocked into wind and departed the runway.’