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

Examples of peacock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Floyd Michael Belton was in court Thursday and has been charged with intentionally killing two peacocks, a male and female, with his F-150 truck on July 25, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Los Angeles Times, "Chatsworth man accused of running over 2 peacocks with his pickup," 22 Aug. 2019 All animals, including those no one else will take … llamas, peacocks, pigs and so many more. Joe Mario Pedersen And Stephen Hudak,, "Screaming peacock saves owner of Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary from fire that kills 41 animals," 11 July 2019 In a pop world full of extroverts and peacocks, Mr. Ocasek presented himself as a detached, introverted craftsman, dedicated to songwriting rather than showmanship. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Ric Ocasek, New Wave Rock Visionary and Cars Co-Founder, Dies at 75," 15 Sep. 2019 More: Ducks, chickens, peacock among 50 birds seized from Detroit home More: Hobble, hobble! Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Audubon turns east side park into a haven for bird watchers," 3 Sep. 2019 The vintage taxidermy pieces are startling: Visitors are met by an impala in the dining room, while a brace of flamingos and peacocks flutters feathers in the living room. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 Turkeys and peacocks roam the grounds, and exotic animals like ostriches, camels, alpacas and llamas are in fenced pastures and corrals. Dina Mishev, Dallas News, "In Cheyenne, the Wild West hasn't been totally tamed," 16 July 2019 But the best technical groove goes to costume designer Ruth E. Carter for Bassett's splendid, peacock array of enticing finery. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'How Stella Got Her Groove Back': THR's 1998 Review," 14 Aug. 2019 The Newton Police Department has captured the peacock who has been terrorizing residents of Rt. Emily Sweeney,, "Peacock that had been ‘terrorizing’ residents in N.H. captured by police," 8 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And of course, peacocking extends way beyond the steps. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Dance Halls of Mexico City Show Off a Different Side of the City," 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, "Rising Star Alert! Meet New Zealand’s Thomasin McKenzie," 7 Dec. 2018 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,, "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

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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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The first known use of peacock was in the 14th century

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27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Peacock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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