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

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 United's change came after a woman tried to bring a peacock with her on a flight. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "DOT asks advice about how to regulate animals flying with passengers on planes," 16 May 2018 There’s also a bird that struts around, lording it over the place like a, well, peacock. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "The Houston Arboretum’s newest resident: An exotic peacock," 15 June 2018 The clips, shot by users, range from a dexterous noodle-maker in Chongqing to a shimmying peacock in a bamboo grove, all set to music. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 It was thought the peacock might have been preening in the shiny reflection of the vehicle. Carol Cormaci,, "La Cañada History: Peacock’s attack on car infuriates local homeowners," 9 July 2018 And what better time and place to peacock than Paris in July?, "Voilà! It's The Best Of Paris Haute Couture Street Style," 4 July 2018 The peacocks are known for roaming freely around the Philadelphia Zoo. CBS News, "Peacocks escape Philadelphia Zoo, one dead, officials say," 31 May 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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