from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A peafowl, either male or female.
- n. A vain person; a dandy.
- intransitive v. To strut about like a peacock; exhibit oneself vainly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A male or female pheasant of the two genera: Pavo or Afropavo, whose males have extravagant tails.
- n. A vainglorious person
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The male of any pheasant of the genus Pavo, of which at least two species are known, native of Southern Asia and the East Indies.
- n. In common usage, the species in general or collectively; a peafowl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Pavo, specifically the male, of which the female is a peahen and the young a pea-chick. See peafowl.
- To cause to strut or pose and make an exhibition of one's beauty, elegance, or other fine qualifications; hence, to render proud, vain, or haughty; make a display of.
- To strut about like a peacock, or in a manner indicating vanity: as, she peacocked up and down the terrace.
- n. [capitalized] In astronomy, the constellation Pavo.
- To pick the ‘eyes’ out of the land by selecting of buying up the choice pieces and waterfrontages so that the adjoining territory is practically useless to any one else.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot
- n. male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots
Middle English pocock, pecok : po, peacock (from Old English pawa, pēa, peafowl, from Latin pāvō, peacock) + Middle English cok; see cock1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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." (Wiktionary)