Weathercock Weath"er*cock`, n. 1. A vane, or weather vane; -- so called because originally often in the figure of a cock, turning on the top of a spire with the wind, and showing its direction. ``As a wedercok that turneth his face with every wind.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Noisy weathercocks rattled and sang of mutation. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, any thing or person that turns easily and frequently; one who veers with every change of current opinion; a fickle, inconstant person. [1913 Webster]

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