Peacock meaning

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The definition of a peacock is the male of a large type of bird that nests on the ground, with a fan of very long and colorful feathers.

An example of a peacock is the large bird that spreads its feathers in a fan, showing its rainbow-colored array of feathers.

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To strut about like a peacock; exhibit oneself vainly.
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To display vanity in behavior, dress, etc.; strut.
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1785-1866; Eng. novelist & poet.
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A male or female pheasant of the two genera: Pavo or Afropavo, whose males have extravagant tails.
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A vainglorious person.
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A vain or ostentatious person.
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A vain, strutting person.
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Origin of peacock

  • Middle English pocock, pecok po peacock (from Old English pawa, pēa peafowl) (from Latin pāvō peacock) Middle English cok cock1

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

  • From Middle English po (“peacock") + coc (see cock (n.)). Po is from Old English pāwa (“peafowl"), from Latin pavo (gen. pavonis), which, with Ancient Greek ταώς (taōs), said to be ultimately from Tamil தோகை (tōkai) (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."

    From Wiktionary