Definition of peacock
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
peacockishplay \ˈpē-ˌkä-kish\ adjective
peacockyplay \ˈpē-ˌkä-kē\ adjective
Recent Examples of peacock from the Web
From his affinity for double breasted suits and boss collection of pinky jewelry to his superb understanding of how to mix patterns and colors, the guy is an O.G. menswear peacock, never missing an opportunity to out-dress everyone in the room.
For a White House state dinner in 2009, guests from India were honored with table settings inspired by the peacock, a source of pride and beauty in Indian culture.
Nearby shores don’t have bikini-peacock sunbathers and the So-Cal-kinda vibe but wind and kite surfers.
Also qualifying were Brenden Aufenanger, Elijah Bunn and Andrew Miller, who did it with a .01-pound peacock, the trail’s smallest fish ever.
Children can get up close and personal with pigs, donkeys, chickens and peacocks.
A costumed actor leads groups of six at a time on a serpentine path through the fairgrounds marked by peacock drawings.
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Employees at a liquor store in Southern California received quite the surprise when a peacock wandered in and wouldn't leave.
There are playgrounds, carousels, carnival rides, a trolly train, pony and donkey rides, a small zoo, picnic areas, and peacocks roaming around.
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Origin and Etymology of peacock
Middle English pecok, from pe- (from Old English pēa peafowl, from Latin pavon-, pavo peacock) + cok cock
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of peacock
: show off
First Known Use of peacock
Definition of Peacock
Thomas Love 1785–1866 English novelist and poet
PEACOCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peacock for English Language Learners
: 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
PEACOCK Defined for Kids
Definition of peacock for Students
: 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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