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cockalorum

[ kok-uh-lawr-uhm, -lohr- ]
/ ˌkɒk əˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr- /
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noun
a self-important little man.
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Origin of cockalorum

First recorded in 1705–15; pseudo-Latin, equivalent to cock + fanciful -al- + Latin genitive plural ending -ōrum; see cock1
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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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