A peacock diplays his feathers.
An example of a peacock is the large bird that spreads its feathers in a fan, showing its rainbow-colored array of feathers.
- any male peafowl, esp., one of a species (Pavo cristatus) with a crest of plumules and long, brightly colored upper tail coverts that can be spread like a fan and have rainbow-colored, eyelike spots
- loosely any peafowl
- a vain, strutting person
Origin of peacockMiddle English pacok ; from pa, peacock (; from Old English pea ; from early West Germanic borrowing ; from Classical Latin pavo, peacock, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Classical Greek ta?s, uncertain or unknown; perhaps of Asian origin, originally ) + cok, cock
- a. A male peafowl, distinguished by its crested head, brilliant blue or green plumage, and long modified back feathers that are marked with iridescent eyelike spots and that can be spread in a fanlike form.b. A peafowl, either male or female.
- A vain or ostentatious person.
intransitive verbpea·cocked, pea·cock·ing, pea·cocks
Origin of peacockMiddle English pocock, pecok : po, peacock (from Old English pawa, p&emacron;a, peafowl, from Latin p&amacron;v&omacron;, peacock) + Middle English cok; see cock1.
- pea′cock′ish, pea′cock′y
From Middle English po (“peacock") + coc (see cock (n.)). Po is from Old English pÄwa (“peafowl"), from Latin pavo (gen. pavonis), which, with Ancient Greek Ï„Î±ÏŽÏ‚ (taÅs), said to be ultimately from Tamil à®¤à¯‹à®•à¯ˆ (tÅkai) (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo). Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously believed to be incorruptible (even St. Augustine credits this). "When he sees his feet, he screams wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body."