Definition of oonchook in English:

oonchook

noun

Irish, Canadian
  • 1 informal, derogatory A foolish, ignorant person, especially a female one; a dunce.

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

Pronunciation

oonchook

/ˈuːntʃək/ /ˈəʊntʃək/

Origin

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.