- 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.
- to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock.
Origin of peacock
Examples from the Web for peacocking
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Misty White Sidell
April 4, 2013
The King and Queen, it was said, did not like this peacocking, but might not help it.1492
Tourists as nuns, tourists as Turks, tourists as God-knows-what, all preening and peacocking!The Fortieth Door
Mary Hastings Bradley
For Charlotte had come in with a platter, and Nan turned about, peacocking before her unsurprised gaze.Old Crow
What did she want with that peacocking—wasting time and money; there was nothing in it!The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
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
- Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)
- 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
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.