Cockalorum meaning

kŏkə-lôrəm
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.

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A little man with an unduly high opinion of himself.
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Boastful talk; braggadocio.
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A little man with an exaggerated idea of his own importance.
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Boastful talk; crowing.
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A menial, yet self-important man, empty boaster.
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The game leapfrog.
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A boastful speech.
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Origin of cockalorum

  • Perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin -ōrum genitive pl. ending) of obsolete Flemish kockeloeren to crow of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from a Dutch dialectal kockeloeren an onomatopeia; hence modern Dutch verb koekeloeren (“to crow”).

    From Wiktionary