pea·​cock | \ˈpē-ˌkäk \

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


peacocked; peacocking; peacocks

Definition of peacock (Entry 2 of 3)


biographical name
Pea·​cock | \ˈpē-ˌkäk \

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 \ adjective
peacocky \ˈpē-​ˌkä-​kē \ adjective

Examples of peacock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The men, on the other hand, needed to be these ridiculous peacocks. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 That means no emotional support ducks, peacocks or hamsters. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Emotional support animals face restrictions in Southwest airlines, Royal Caribbean cruises, reports say," 15 Aug. 2018 As a model in a majestic explosion of pale green tulle stalked slowly across the stark, airy space like a peacock doing an intricate mating dance, Feiping sighed audibly. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 The aforementioned panels, for instance, are engraved with swirling foliage and large peacocks—one of which is starkly unfinished, possibly because construction on the palace was interrupted by the invasion of 1171. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynasty," 21 Mar. 2018 Massive albino peacock on the loose, roaming small village. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Inside Ex-FBI official McCabe's secret memo on Comey's firing; Lib hypocrisy in Roseanne uproar," 31 May 2018 If there was any loaded message, intentional or not, about decorating the Petit Palais with a bunch of (stuffed) peacocks, no one seemed to care. Vogue, "Inside the 150th Anniversary of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture," 5 July 2018 Their daughter Sophia’s has swoony peacock-blue wallpaper crammed with glamorous faces. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Clinton Hill Mansion With a Rock ’n’ Roll History," 8 June 2018 Ford reportedly built hundreds of bird houses, placing them in the landscape around the estate, and cultivated deer, peacocks, and other animals. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Rouge River fish to get exclusive freeway at Ford's Fair Lane estate," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Leave the posturing and peacocking to the politicians; this season, designers imagined men in cardigans, corduroys and plainspoken jackets, all in humble, modest tones: wren-brown, pigeon-gray, mushroom-white. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, "T’s Men’s Style Issue: Editor’s Letter," 8 Sep. 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 \

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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