- The definition of a cockalorum is a little man who incorrectly has a very high opinion of himself.
A low-level and unimportant employee who tries to throw around his power and who thinks he is extremely important and boasts about it is an example of someone who would be described as a cockalorum.
- a little man with an exaggerated idea of his own importance
- boastful talk; crowing
Origin of cockalorumpseudo Classical Latin extension of cock; influenced, influence by Dutch kockeloeren, to crow
- A little man with an unduly high opinion of himself.
- Boastful talk; braggadocio.
Origin of cockalorumPerhaps alteration (influenced by Latin -ōrum, genitive pl. ending) of obsolete Flemish kockeloeren, to crow, of imitative origin.
Probably from a Dutch dialectal kockeloeren an onomatopeia; hence modern Dutch verb koekeloeren (“to crow”).