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

Examples of peacock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The emptying of my pockets, the peacock spreading of my limbs, the whole routine, was my everyday existence. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 Among the peacock-rich communities covered by the ordinance are Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills, as well as Chapman Woods near Pasadena. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 From emails sent to the City of Oakland last year about a wild peacock living in a North Oakland neighborhood. Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 In rooms, peacock chairs sit in the corner next to Marshall Amp refrigerators, while colorful textiles made by local artisans lie across the bed. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 Sitting in a garden and taking in the ways in which the peacock could perform his dance of feathers or a snail outgrow its shell before slipping into a new one would have inspired enough envy in me to destroy the garden too. Ari Marcopoulos; Styling By Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 July 2021 The biggest haul of his career was a 4-pound peacock bass. Gary Curreri,, 17 June 2021 The green, white and blue color palette specifically references the famed Cartier peacock motif. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Another Pasadena resident, 53-year-old Michelle Pantoja-Hooley is a peacock fan. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The congregation may shout or cut a step, and the preacher may peacock a bit to animate the sermon; release can often look like entropy to the untrained eye. Briana Younger, Vulture, 23 Mar. 2021 Police in all those cases demonstrated restraint, standing by while protesters screamed in their faces and peacocked around with guns strapped to their backs., 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, 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, 6 Mar. 2019 And of course, peacocking extends way beyond the steps. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 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, 7 Dec. 2018 Photo: Getty Images For this peacocking crowd, hats are practically mandatory. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 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,, 29 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 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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