1. (Science: ornithology) Any one of several species of long-billed limicoline birds belonging to the genera Scolopax and Philohela. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits, and are highly esteemed as game birds.
2. A simpleton. If I loved you not, I would laugh at you, and see you run your neck into the noose, and cry, A woodcock!' (Beau. & Fl) little woodcock. The common American snipe. The European snipe. Sea woodcock fish, the bellows fish. Woodcock owl, the short-eared owl (Asio brachyotus). Woodcock shell, the shell of certain mollusks of the genus murex, having a very long canal, with or without spines. Woodcock snipe. See Snipe.
Origin: AS. Wuducoc.