Definition of peacock in English:


Syllabification: pea·cock
Pronunciation: /ˈpēˌkäk


  • 1A male peafowl, which has very long tail feathers that have eyelike markings and that can be erected and expanded in display like a fan.
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    • It should be noted that a peacock is a male peafowl and a peahen is a female peafowl.
    • Male peacocks shed and re-grow tail feathers each year.
    • For instance, male peacocks not only have a long tail, but they are brightly colored and have eye spots, a crest on their head, spurs on their feet, and a mating call.
  • 1.1An ostentatious strutting person: these young men have always considered themselves the peacocks of Europe
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    • Both sons are strutting peacocks, vain and confident.
    • We're just peacocks flaunting our tail feathers.


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  • Display oneself ostentatiously; strut like a peacock: he peacocks in front of the full-length mirror


Middle English: from Old English pēa (from Latin pavo) 'peacock' + cock1.

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