American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A little man with an unduly high opinion of himself.
- n. Boastful talk; braggadocio.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of consequence; a self-important person.
- Probably from a Dutch dialectal kockeloeren an onomatopeia; hence modern Dutch verb koekeloeren ("to crow"). (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin -ōrum, genitive pl. ending) of obsolete Flemish kockeloeren, to crow, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For "cockalorum," be it noted, we frequently substituted the name of some particularly obnoxious master.”
“No trespassers allowed -- eh, what? young cockalorum.”
“Now, Lucas, dear boy," said Heriot genially, "tell this old cockalorum who you saw off on a steamer for South America.”
“I suppose he thinks he's the grand high cockalorum!" she told herself, chuckling.”
“Like so many of his fellows -- cultured moderns, alien to the larger forms of patriotism, that rich liquor brewed of maps and figures, commercial profit, and high-cockalorum, which served so perfectly to swell smaller heads -- Felix had a love of his native land resembling love for a woman,”
“Hollo, young cockalorum, is it there you are!" shouted Pete.”
“You must call it 'hot cockalorum,' and what this?" he went on, pointing to the water.”
“You'll be all right soon, my helpless old cockalorum," he cried cheerily.”
“And he put on such high-cockalorum airs that I, bein 'as soft as mush around the heart, jest wilted and agreed to give him everything he bargained for if he would promise not to hinder.”
“I really do try to behave, but I have my cockalorum set for 11 p.m., and when it goes off ...”
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