cockalorum

[ kok-uh-lawr-uh m, -lohr- ]
/ ˌkɒk əˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr- /

noun

a self-important little man.

Nearby words

  1. cock-and-bull story,
  2. cock-of-the-rock,
  3. cockabully,
  4. cockade,
  5. cockaigne,
  6. cockamamie,
  7. cockapoo,
  8. cockatiel,
  9. cockatoo,
  10. cockatrice

Origin of cockalorum

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

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Examples from the Web for cockalorum

  • 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

/ (ˌkɒkəˈlɔːrəm) /

noun

a self-important little man
bragging talk; crowing

Word Origin for cockalorum

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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