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peacock

noun pea·cock \ ˈpē-ˌkäk \

Definition of peacock

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

peacockish

play \ˈpē-ˌkä-kish\ adjective

peacocky

play \ˈpē-ˌkä-kē\ adjective

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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


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peacock

verb

Definition of peacock

intransitive verb

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First Known Use of peacock

1818


Peacock

biographical name Pea·cock \ ˈpē-ˌkäk \

Definition of Peacock

Thomas Love 1785–1866 English novelist and poet

PEACOCK Defined for English Language Learners

peacock

noun

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

noun pea·cock \ ˈpē-ˌkäk \

Definition of peacock for Students

: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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