noun, plural pea·cocks, (especially collectively) pea·cock.
verb (used without object)
Origin of peacock
Examples from the Web for peacocking
And more blatantly, peacocking transgenders have long employed heels as an empowering tool in feminine approach.From Buzz Bissinger to Nicolas Sarkozy, the Rise of Heels for Men|Misty White Sidell|April 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tourists as nuns, tourists as Turks, tourists as God-knows-what, all preening and peacocking!The Fortieth Door|Mary Hastings Bradley
The King and Queen, it was said, did not like this peacocking, but might not help it.1492|Mary Johnston
And Aunt Hannah in her enraged scorn even undertook a grotesque and mincing imitation of the peacocking aforesaid.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for peacocking (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for peacocking (2 of 2)
noun plural -cocks or -cock
Word Origin for peacock
Word Origin and History for peacocking
c.1300, poucock, from Middle English po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)).
Po is from Old English pawa "peafowl" (cock or hen), from Latin pavo (genitive pavonis), which, with Greek taos said to be ultimately from Tamil tokei (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo).
The Latin word also is the source of Old High German pfawo, German Pfau, Dutch pauw, Old Church Slavonic pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously was believed to be incorruptible (even St. Augustine credits this). "When he sees his feet, he screams wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body." [Epiphanus]
Idioms and Phrases with peacocking
see proud as a peacock.