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pea·cock

 (pē′kŏk′)
n.
1.
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.
2. A vain or ostentatious person.
intr.v. pea·cocked, pea·cock·ing, pea·cocks
To strut about like a peacock; exhibit oneself vainly.

[Middle English pocock, pecok : po, peacock (from Old English pawa, pēa, peafowl, from Latin pāvō, peacock) + Middle English cok; see cock1.]

pea′cock′ish, pea′cock′y adj.

peacock

(ˈpiːˌkɒk)
n, pl -cocks or -cock
1. (Animals) a male peafowl, having a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with blue and green eyelike spots.
2. (Animals) another name for peafowl
3. a vain strutting person
vb
4. to display (oneself) proudly
5. obsolete slang Austral to acquire (the best pieces of land) in such a way that the surrounding land is useless to others
[C14 pecok, pe- from Old English pāwa (from Latin pāvō peacock) + cock1]
ˈpeaˌcockish adj
ˈpeaˌhen fem n

Peacock

(ˈpiːˌkɒk)
n
(Biography) Thomas Love. 1785–1866, English novelist and poet, noted for his satirical romances, including Headlong Hall (1816) and Nightmare Abbey (1818)

pea•cock

(ˈpiˌkɒk)

n., pl. -cocks, (esp. collectively) -cock,
1. the male of the peafowl, distinguished by its long, erectile, iridescent tail feathers that are marked with eyelike spots and can be spread in a fan.
2. any peafowl.
3. a vain, self-conscious person.
v.i.
4. to display oneself vainly; strut like a peacock.
[1250–1300; Middle English pecok=pe- (Old English pēa peafowl < Latin pāvō) + cok cock1]
pea′cock`ish, pea′cock′y, adj.

Pea•cock

(ˈpiˌkɒk)

n.
Thomas Love, 1785–1866, English poet and novelist.

peacock


Past participle: peacocked
Gerund: peacocking

Imperative
peacock
peacock
Present
I peacock
you peacock
he/she/it peacocks
we peacock
you peacock
they peacock
Preterite
I peacocked
you peacocked
he/she/it peacocked
we peacocked
you peacocked
they peacocked
Present Continuous
I am peacocking
you are peacocking
he/she/it is peacocking
we are peacocking
you are peacocking
they are peacocking
Present Perfect
I have peacocked
you have peacocked
he/she/it has peacocked
we have peacocked
you have peacocked
they have peacocked
Past Continuous
I was peacocking
you were peacocking
he/she/it was peacocking
we were peacocking
you were peacocking
they were peacocking
Past Perfect
I had peacocked
you had peacocked
he/she/it had peacocked
we had peacocked
you had peacocked
they had peacocked
Future
I will peacock
you will peacock
he/she/it will peacock
we will peacock
you will peacock
they will peacock
Future Perfect
I will have peacocked
you will have peacocked
he/she/it will have peacocked
we will have peacocked
you will have peacocked
they will have peacocked
Future Continuous
I will be peacocking
you will be peacocking
he/she/it will be peacocking
we will be peacocking
you will be peacocking
they will be peacocking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been peacocking
you have been peacocking
he/she/it has been peacocking
we have been peacocking
you have been peacocking
they have been peacocking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been peacocking
you will have been peacocking
he/she/it will have been peacocking
we will have been peacocking
you will have been peacocking
they will have been peacocking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been peacocking
you had been peacocking
he/she/it had been peacocking
we had been peacocking
you had been peacocking
they had been peacocking
Conditional
I would peacock
you would peacock
he/she/it would peacock
we would peacock
you would peacock
they would peacock
Past Conditional
I would have peacocked
you would have peacocked
he/she/it would have peacocked
we would have peacocked
you would have peacocked
they would have peacocked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peacock - European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespotpeacock - European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
genus Inachis, Inachis - a genus of Nymphalidae
2.peacock - male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots
bird of Juno, peafowl - very large terrestrial southeast Asian pheasant often raised as an ornamental bird

peacock

verb
To walk with exaggerated or unnatural motions expressive of self-importance or self-display:
Informal: sashay.
Translations
طاؤوسطاووسطَاوُوسٌ
паун
páv-ice
påfugl
pavo
riikinkukko
मोर
paun
páva
burung merakmerak
páfugl
クジャク
공작새
povas
pāvs
păun
páv
pav
påfågel
นกยูง
chim côngcon công

peacock

[ˈpiːkɒk]
A. N (peacocks or peacock (pl)) → pavo m real
B. CPD peacock blue Nazul m (de) pavo real

peacock

[ˈpiːkɒk] npaon m peacock featherpeacock blue nbleu m canard invpeacock-blue [ˌpiːkɒkˈbluː] adjbleu canard invpeacock feather nplume f de paonpea green nvert m pomme invpea-green [ˌpiːˈgriːn] adjvert pomme invpea jacket ncaban m

peacock

[ˈpiːˌkɒk] npavone m

peacock

(ˈpiːkok) feminine ˈpeahen (-hen) noun
a kind of large bird, the male of which is noted for its magnificent tail-feathers.

peacock

طَاوُوسٌ páv påfugl Pfau παγώνι pavo real riikinkukko paon paun pavone クジャク 공작새 pauw påfugl paw pavão павлин påfågel นกยูง tavus kuşu con công 孔雀
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A distinguished personage happened to visit the school that morning, and Amy's beautifully drawn maps received praise, which honor to her foe rankled in the soul of Miss Snow, and caused Miss March to assume the airs of a studious young peacock.
One of La Blanche's little quadroon boys--half naked too--stood fanning the child slowly with a fan of peacock feathers.
I believe she's vain as a peacock now, without anything to be vain of.
Once more the little room, with its open corner cupboard, and its square-backed chairs, and its angular little staircase leading to the room above, and its three peacock's feathers displayed over the mantelpiece - I remember wondering when I first went in, what that peacock would have thought if he had known what his finery was doomed to come to - fades from before me, and I nod, and sleep.
Yes; she is a peacock in everything but beauty," said Lord Henry, pulling the daisy to bits with his long nervous fingers.
He had slipped through the crowd; and the others vainly hunted for him, while two old gentlemen tried to calm little Jammes and while little Giry stood screaming like a peacock.
I am sleepy, Bagheera, and Shere Khan is all long tail and loud talk--like Mao, the Peacock.
No -- it was somewhere -- away from here -- it was -- I do not know -- but it appears that this recollection is connected with a lovely sky and some religious fete; mademoiselle was holding flowers in her hand, the interesting boy was chasing a beautiful peacock in a garden, and you, madame, were under the trellis of some arbor.
Sometimes, also, the younger man would buy the older one shoes, or a tie, or a waistcoat; whereafter, the old man would be as proud of his acquisition as a peacock.
If we reach Compiegne we shall stop at the Peacock.
While Jason was gazing at her, a peacock strutted forward, and took his stand at the old woman's side.
In a word, it is some such trait as that which distinguishes the beautiful plumage of the peacock, from the motive that incites the bird to display his feathers.