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peacock

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noun pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

Definition of peacock

  1. 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. 2 :  one making a proud display of oneself :  show-off

peacockish

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peacocky

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Origin and Etymology of peacock

Middle English pecok, from pe- (from Old English pēa peafowl, from Latin pavon-, pavo peacock) + cok cock


First Known Use: 14th century


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peacock

verb pea·cock

Definition of peacock

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  show off

1818

First Known Use of peacock

1818


Peacock

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biographical name Pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

Definition of Peacock

  1. Thomas Love 1785–1866 English novelist and poet


PEACOCK Defined for English Language Learners

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peacock

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noun pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

Definition of peacock for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

peacock

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noun pea·cock \ˈpē-ˌkäk\

Definition of peacock for Students

  1. :  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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