[ pee-kok ]
/ ˈpiˌkɒk /

noun, plural pea·cocks, (especially collectively) pea·cock.

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.

verb (used without object)

to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock.

Origin of peacock

1250–1300; Middle English pecok, equivalent to pe- (Old English pēa peafowl < Latin pāvōn- pavo) + cok (Old English coc cock1)


pea·cock·er·y, pea·cock·ism, nounpea·cock·ish, pea·cock·y, adjectivepea·cock·ish·ly, adverbpea·cock·ish·ness, noun

Definition for peacock (2 of 2)

[ pee-kok ]
/ ˈpiˌkɒk /


Thomas Love,1785–1866, English poet and novelist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for peacock (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpiːˌkɒk) /

noun plural -cocks or -cock

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

Derived forms of peacock

peacockish, adjectivepeahen, fem n

Word Origin for peacock

C14 pecok, pe- from Old English pāwa (from Latin pāvō peacock) + cock 1

British Dictionary definitions for peacock (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpiːˌkɒk) /


Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)
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Idioms and Phrases with peacock


see proud as a peacock.

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