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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Naturally, the emotional support peacock that was denied boarding on a United Airlines flight in January has a South Florida connection. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "That ‘emotional support’ peacock has a colorful origin — with South Florida roots," 2 Feb. 2018 The iconic designer is characterized as being as vain and belligerent as the peacocks that strutted around his property. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 Trachtenberg wore a black blazer and fascinator with green and blue peacock feathers. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leighton Meester and Michelle Trachtenberg's Gossip Girl Reunion Involves a Murder Mystery and Headbands," 12 Mar. 2019 Underneath its branches are six animals, each symbolizing a different ideal: an owl for wisdom, a dove for peace, a horse for wisdom, a deer for gentleness, a peacock for beauty, a mouse for curiosity. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Diane von Furstenberg’s Seriously Chic London Christmas Tree," 27 Nov. 2018 As for animals, users will now have the option to communicate with a peacock, lobster, kangaroo, and parrot. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Here's Your First Look at Apple's New Emoji Additions," 16 July 2018 After a passenger attempted to board her flight with an emotional support peacock in March, United Airlines rolled out a new strict policy requiring written vet-approval in order to travel with service animals. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Passenger Tried to Smuggle Large Snake on a Plane, TSA Says," 10 July 2018 Ad revenue increased 85% at the peacock network on the strength of the sports slate. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Comcast formalizes bid for Sky in challenge to Rupert Murdoch's Fox," 25 Apr. 2018 New rules on flying with emotional support animals kicked in today for United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, following a string of controversies that included a peacock. Elana Glowatz, Newsweek, "United, Delta Change Rules for Emotional Support Animals," 1 Mar. 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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