Cockalorum definition

kŏkə-lôrəm
A little man with an unduly high opinion of himself.
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Boastful talk; crowing.
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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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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 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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cockalorum
Plural:
cockalorums

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