Definition of mooncalf in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmo͞onkaf/ /ˈmunkæf/


  • A foolish person.

    ‘But if Ribisi is famous for any one thing he's done, it's Phoebe's mooncalf brother in Friends.’
    • ‘Everybody's laden with guilt, even Hilbert and Wilhelm, who look like utter mooncalves to me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are assumed to be knowledgeable veterans of the city, not ignorant mooncalves.’
    idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod


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.