Before I did a deep dive into the word cuckold and what it has always meant and everything it means now , I just had this vague idea that a cuckold was a man worthy of mockery. The truth is that being cuckold today means something very different from what it did when the word was first coined. Let me share with you everything I learned about being a cuckold and cuckold culture. Cuckold originally meant being the wronged husband of an adulterous wife. The word is derived from the cuckoo bird who is known for laying its eggs in the nests of other birds. An important part of this definition is the notion that the husband has no idea that his wife is pulling one over on him.
A cuckold is the husband of an adulterous wife. In evolutionary biology, the term is also applied to males who are unwittingly investing parental effort in offspring that are not genetically their own. The word cuckold derives from the cuckoo bird, alluding to its habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests. English usage first appears about in the medieval debate poem The Owl and the Nightingale.