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.
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,Related formspea·cock·er·y, pea·cock·ism, nounpea·cock·ish, pea·cock·y, adjectivepea·cock·ish·ly, adverbpea·cock·ish·ness, noun
equivalent to pe-
(Old English pēa
peafowl < Latin pāvōn- pavo
) + cok
(Old English coc cock1
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Related Words for peacockishsplashy
British Dictionary definitions for peacockish
Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)
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
a vain strutting person
Derived Formspeacockish, adjectivepeahen, fem n
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 for peacock
C14 pecok, pe- from Old English pāwa (from Latin pāvō peacock) + cock 1
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Word Origin and History for peacockish
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]
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Idioms and Phrases with peacockish
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