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Monday, February 09, 2015

Definitions for peacock

  1. to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock.
  2. 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.
  3. any peafowl.

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Citations for peacock
…he must have passed for a rich man when he peacocked about the town in his shaggy purple gown with gold buttons and hoop lace. Katharine Burrill, "Letters of a Peer and a Pork-Packer," Chambers's Journal, Volume VI, 1903
He peacocks in all his Seventies finery--glitter in his hair, a rhinestone-studded silver suit and as much jewelry as human fingers can hold. Rob Sheffield, "The Rhinestone Closet," Rolling Stone, May 26, 2013
Origin of peacock
1250-1300
Peacock is formed from the now-obsolete word pea meaning "peafowl," and cock meaning "a male of the gallinaceous kind" or "rooster." It entered English at the turn of the 13th century as a noun, and began to be used as a verb in the late 1500s.