- the male of the peafowl distinguished by its long, erectile, greenish, iridescent tail coverts that are brilliantly marked with ocellated spots and that can be spread in a fan.
- any peafowl.
- a vain, self-conscious person.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Pavo.
- to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock.
Origin of peacock
- Thomas Love,1785–1866, English poet and novelist.
Examples from the Web for peacock
Peacock served as an expert witness on grizzlies in federal court for Glacier National Park.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Among the angels is Tawuse Melek, who is often called the peacock angel.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
Sure, Katy Perry might want to “see your peacock” but Lana wants to ride it down the street while doing a parade wave.Lana Del Rey Makes Me Wish I Were Straight
July 31, 2014
The Peacock Inn was recently restored and has a marvelous dining room and intimate bar.A Walk Through History-Filled Princeton
October 22, 2013
Prince Edward was there with his wife Sophie, who wore an electric blue suit and a peacock feather hat.Sophie Dazzles in Electric Blue at Royal's Easter Service
March 31, 2013
We are not feasting on baked swans, peacock tongues and drinking our pearls.Her Father's Daughter
I wouldn't have nothin' to say to any bird below a Peacock; and he'd be wulgar.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Then I know another story of how the eyes came into the peacock's feathers.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
A cloudless sky has a peacock in it, whose servants are the eagles.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
A hen is all right in her place, but she don't belong in a peacock cage.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a male peafowl, having a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with blue and green eyelike spotsRelated adjective: pavonine
- another name for peafowl
- a vain strutting person
- to display (oneself) proudly
- obsolete, slang, Australian to acquire (the best pieces of land) in such a way that the surrounding land is useless to others
- Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)
Word Origin and History for peacock
c.1300, poucock, from Middle English po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)).
Po is from Old English pawa "peafowl" (cock or hen), from Latin pavo (genitive pavonis), which, with Greek taos said to be ultimately from Tamil tokei (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo).
The Latin word also is the source of Old High German pfawo, German Pfau, Dutch pauw, Old Church Slavonic pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously was believed to be incorruptible (even St. Augustine credits this). "When he sees his feet, he screams wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body." [Epiphanus]
Idioms and Phrases with peacock
see proud as a peacock.