proud as a peacock

Having a very high opinion of oneself, filled with or showing excessive self-esteem. For example, She strutted about in her new outfit, proud as a peacock. This simile alludes to the male peacock, with its colorful tail that can be expanded like a fan, which has long symbolized vanity and pride. Chaucer used it in The Reeve's Tail: “As any peacock he was proud and gay.“ [1200s]


Nearby words

  1. proturan,
  2. protyle,
  3. protégé,
  4. protégée,
  5. proud,
  6. proud flesh,
  7. proudful,
  8. proudhearted,
  9. proudhon,
  10. proudhon, pierre joseph

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