peacock

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

Definition of peacock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

peacock

verb
peacocked; peacocking; peacocks

Definition of peacock (Entry 2 of 3)

Peacock

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

Noun

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

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These peacocks have become a polarizing presence at Pitti Uomo. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 Aircraft shaped like gorgeous peacocks fly over lush green landscapes. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Just in time for spring break, Sam’s Club released a series of three absolutely enormous pool floats in the shape of a unicorn, a flamingo, and a peacock that can hold up to six adults at a time. Lyndsey Matthews, Cosmopolitan, "This Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float Fits Six People, Is Where The Party's At," 9 Mar. 2018 Yesterday, back in New York City, Hadid stepped out in her own take on hypebeast style that rivaled the more peacock-like Paris showgoers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Ushers in a Fresh Take on Hypebeast Style," 18 Jan. 2019 Two of the peacocks were helped over a wall on the highway. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Peacocks on the loose snarl Philadelphia traffic," 31 May 2018 Seeing Amy Sherman-Palladino without her trademark top hat is unexpected, to say the least—like observing a particularly ebullient peacock sans opulent plumage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 Mattie's As sunlight spreads across pristine green landscaping and peacocks stroll by, Mattie's begins to feel like a world of its own from within Austin city limits. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 The designer's tree—dubbed the Tree of Love—has a celestial theme, and according to the Standard, is decorated with six different animals, including an owl, horse, peacock, dove and mouse. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Diane von Furstenberg's Claridge's Christmas Tree Is All About Love," 27 Nov. 2018

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, BostonGlobe.com, "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. refinery29.com, "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, NOLA.com, "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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peacock

Noun

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

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peacock

noun

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

peacock

noun
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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