A cuckold is a man who has been betrayed by his wife. If your wife cuckolds you, she is cheating on you with a different man.

This is an old-fashioned word you can find in many Shakespeare plays, though cuckolding is certainly older than Shakespeare and will always exist as long as there are marriages. A man can’t cuckold a woman: only a wife can cuckold her husband. By sleeping with another man, she makes her husband a cuckold.

Definitions of cuckold
  1. noun

    a man whose wife committed adultery

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    an archaic term for a cuckold who knows about his wife’s infidelity but tolerates it
    type of:

    hubby, husband, married man

    a married man; a woman’s partner in marriage

  2. verb

    be unfaithful to one’s partner in marriage

    betray, cheat, cheat on, wander
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    carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
    fool around, play around

    commit adultery
    type of:

    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

    be false to; be dishonest with

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