pea·​cock | \ ˈpē-ˌkäk How to pronounce peacock (audio) \

Definition of peacock

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1 : 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
2 : one making a proud display of oneself : show-off


peacocked; peacocking; peacocks

Definition of peacock (Entry 2 of 3)


biographical name
Pea·​cock | \ ˈpē-ˌkäk How to pronounce Peacock (audio) \

Definition of Peacock (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas Love 1785–1866 English novelist and poet

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Other Words from peacock


peacockish \ ˈpē-​ˌkä-​kish How to pronounce peacockish (audio) \ adjective
peacocky \ ˈpē-​ˌkä-​kē How to pronounce peacocky (audio) \ adjective

Examples of peacock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thousands descended on Daffodil Hill, home to peacocks and chickens and a horse, during opening weekend in March. Los Angeles Times, "Daffodil Hill, a once-hidden gem, has closed after crush of visitors," 19 July 2019 More than 40 peahens and peacocks still found at Sahuaro Ranch descended from three purchased at the Chicago World Fair in 1933 to control desert pests — snakes and vermin. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Sahuaro Ranch boasts one of Glendale's earliest cool homes. Take a look," 18 July 2019 But there have been reports of passengers bringing ducks, peacocks, chickens, kangaroos, pigs, snakes and other animals on planes, with passengers claiming that all were needed for emotional support. Dallas News, "American Airlines flight attendant needs five stitches after bite from emotional support dog," 24 July 2019 After working with Netflix on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, producing team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are once again creating television for the peacock—and this time, Ted Danson is coming along for the ride. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Tina Fey and Ted Danson Are Working Together on a New TV Show," 19 July 2019 This eyesore of a trim looks like a peacock that has contracted alopecia., "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 In January, a woman’s emotional support peacock was turned away by United Airlines., "When a ‘service dog’ gives birth at an airport, controversy takes flight," 10 July 2019 FlockFest is back, and its fifth annual celebration is expected to bring more than 500 inflatable swans, flamingos, peacocks, rubber duckies and unicorns to the beach for a Fourth of July weekend filled with fun. Catie Wegman,, "After the fireworks: cool down at these 5 South Florida events," 5 July 2019 Inside was a miniature zoo that included an ostrich, peacocks, gazelles, and a few ducks whose presence in the Sahara remains a mystery. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "How a trip through the Sahara reflects Niger’s fragile state," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: Getty Images For this peacocking crowd, hats are practically mandatory. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 Loudmouth Golf, the maker of Macuga’s outrageous pants, was one of many official Major League Baseball license holders peacocking on the floor of the MLB Retail Summit in the Prudential Center this spring. Janelle Nanos,, "The crowd goes wild: After years of traditional fan gear, MLB is letting its freak flag fly," 29 June 2018 Taylor has none of the hang-ups or need for peacocking Axe has., "Billions Season 3, Episode 11 Recap: "Forward Momentum Above All Things"," 4 June 2018 Stewart peacocked around the stage surrounded by six statuesque women in flapper costumes. Doug Maccash,, "Rod Stewart proved irresistible at Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 The 1980s were that way, most notably at the start and especially in New York City, which was pulling back from the precipice of bankruptcy and peacocking toward boom times. New York Times, "Why Early ’80s New York Matters Today," 17 Apr. 2018 So while Arizona Governor Doug Ducey banned Uber from testing in Arizona indefinitely, SF Motors showed off a sweet electric SUV and Waymo peacocked its new partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and its all-electric i-Pace. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Back to Normal?," 30 Mar. 2018 The peacocking men’s pieces were no longer relics from an archive designed to transport everyone back to the court of the Sun King; the gym wear was no longer waiting for its personal trainer. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Fashion Dialectic," 4 Oct. 2017 Last month, far from the fuss at Seoul Fashion Week, We11Done quietly released its third collection at Rare Market in Cheongdam, across the river from where peacocking crowds had gathered for the Spring 2018 shows. Monica Kim, Vogue, "We11Done Quietly Launches the Coolest Collection in Seoul—Then Takes It Global," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of peacock


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peacock


Middle English pecok, from pe- (from Old English pēa peafowl, from Latin pavon-, pavo peacock) + cok cock

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English Language Learners Definition of peacock

: 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


pea·​cock | \ ˈpē-ˌkäk How to pronounce peacock (audio) \

Kids Definition of peacock

: 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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to shake or wave menacingly

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