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peacock

[ pee-kok ]
/ ˈpiˌkɒk /
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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.
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Origin of peacock

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English pecok, pocok equivalent to pe- (Old English pēa “peafowl,” from Latin pāvōn-, stem of pavō peacock) + cok (Old English coc cock1)

OTHER WORDS FROM peacock

pea·cock·er·y, peacockism, nounpeacockish, peacocky, adjectivepea·cock·ish·ly, adverbpea·cock·ish·ness, noun

Other definitions for peacock (2 of 2)

Peacock
[ pee-kok ]
/ ˈpiˌkɒk /

noun
Thomas Love, 1785–1866, English poet and novelist.
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British Dictionary definitions for peacock (1 of 2)

peacock
/ (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
verb
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)

Peacock
/ (ˈpiːˌkɒk) /

noun
Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with peacock

peacock

see proud as a peacock.

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