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cockalorum

[kok-uh-lawr-uh m, -lohr-]
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noun
  1. a self-important little man.
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Origin of cockalorum

1705–15; mock Latin, equivalent to cock1 + fanciful -al- + L genitive plural ending -ōrum
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Related Words

poultry, hen, biddy, chick, cock, cockerel, pullet, capon, rooster, chicken, cock-a-doodle-doo, cockalorum, gump, heeler, chanticleer

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Historical Examples

  • Meanwhile the Cockalorum is gorging himself with information.

    Davy and The Goblin

    Charles E. Carryl

  • The Cockalorum pondered over this for a moment, and then murmuring, "I prefer croquet," floundered away through the waving grass.

    Davy and The Goblin

    Charles E. Carryl


British Dictionary definitions for cockalorum

cockalorum

noun
  1. a self-important little man
  2. bragging talk; crowing
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Word Origin

C18: from cock 1 + -alorum, a variant of Latin genitive plural ending -orum; perhaps intended to suggest: the cock of all cocks
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