noun pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

: a large male bird that has a very long bright blue and green tail that it can lift up and spread apart like a fan

Full Definition of PEACOCK

:  a male peafowl distinguished by a crest of upright feathers and by greatly elongated loosely webbed upper tail coverts which are mostly tipped with iridescent spots and are erected and spread in a shimmering fan usually as a courtship display; broadly :  peafowl
:  one making a proud display of oneself :  show-off
pea·cock·ish \-ˌkä-kish\ adjective
pea·cocky \-kē\ adjective

Origin of PEACOCK

Middle English pecok, from pe- (from Old English pēa peafowl, from Latin pavon-, pavo peacock) + cok cock
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of PEACOCK

intransitive verb
:  show off

First Known Use of PEACOCK



biographical name Pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

Definition of PEACOCK

Thomas Love 1785–1866 Eng. nov. & poet
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noun pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

Definition of PEACOCK for Kids

:  the male of a very large Asian pheasant that can lift up its very long colorful tail and spread it apart like a fan
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