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 Rattan furniture's most iconic form, the peacock chair, was a significant piece that permeated most of the 20th century, including a robust rattan revival in 1960s and 1970s home decor. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Rattan Furniture Finds that Show This Natural Material Isn't Just for Outdoors," 4 Sep. 2020 In under three minutes, words like azalea, parrot green, peacock, mango and jalapeño were punctuating our conversation. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "Why a 'pop' of color is not as easy as it sounds, and how to make that surprising hue work," 31 Aug. 2020 But Commissioner Todd Weaver, who championed the initiative for months, noted that the city’s symbol is a peacock, a distant relative of a chicken that can often be seen strutting down Winter Park streets. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Winter Park known for peacocks, but backyard chickens on the way," 27 Aug. 2020 Even the peacock details in the bathroom and some of the suite’s glossy wallpaper draw from the imagery that the activists once used on their own clothing. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "This D.C. Hotel Has a Suite Dedicated to Women's Suffrage," 20 Aug. 2020 This colorful peacock is another brilliant example of the 3D jelly cake movement. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Stunning Jelly Cakes Are Edible Works of Art," 6 Aug. 2020 It’s what makes peacock feathers teal and beetles iridescent. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Structural Complexity Gives This Fruit Its Metallic Blue Color," 14 Aug. 2020 In June, the rapper also revealed a bold makeover to the peacock tattoo that hugs her thighs, hip, and back. Aimee Simeon,, "Cardi B Says Her New Piercings Are Her Favourite Part Of Her Elle Cover," 12 Aug. 2020 While structural color is well-documented in animals, including in vibrant peacock feathers and delicate butterfly wings, it is rarely observed in plants. Charlotte Hartley, Science | AAAS, "The secret to this fruit‘s mysterious blue color," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Police in all those cases demonstrated restraint, standing by while protesters screamed in their faces and peacocked around with guns strapped to their backs., "Minneapolis Protestors Mourned George Floyd’s Death. Police Responded With Riot Gear & Tear Gas.," 27 May 2020 Risky Business’ Starts streaming: April 1 Watching this comedy feels like opening a time capsule and being transported back to 1983, when Tom Cruise was a fresh-faced newcomer and coming-of-age movies centered on rich, peacocking white boys. Eleanor Stanford, New York Times, "The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon and More in April," 1 Apr. 2020 The latter days are open to the public, when art appreciators and peacocking influencers can strut down the dizzying aisles of galleries. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 2019 And of course, peacocking extends way beyond the steps. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Dance Halls of Mexico City Show Off a Different Side of the City," 14 Oct. 2019 On an absurdly beautiful autumn day, Thomasin McKenzie is contemplating the blazing trees of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, which are peacocking in bursts of reds and yellows. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, "Rising Star Alert! Meet New Zealand’s Thomasin McKenzie," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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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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“Peacock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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