Definition of mooncalf in English:


nounplural noun mooncalves

  • 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



/ˈmo͞onkaf/ /ˈmunkæf/


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.