Definitions

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  • n. Ostentatious dress or behaviour employed by a man in an attempt to impress women.

Etymologies

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peacock +‎ -ing

Examples

  • Not surprisingly, with the exception of the mods — who had distinct female and male looks (and whose female numbers famously catwalked up and down the King's Road near Quant's boutique) — and the more or less unisex punks, the peacocking has been a male activity, and since the early nineteenth century men's fashion in this class-bound society has been marked by extraordinary social fluidity (although, consistent with their strong sense of class identity, the lower classes appropriated the styles of the upper classes on their own terms, rather than merely imitating them).

    Clothes-Minded

  • At first, it's fun to get a lot of attention with the shoes (gentlemen, you will not believe the "peacocking" effect of these puppies), but giving each person you meet a 5-minute explanation gets old fast.

    Tim Ferriss: The Barefoot Alternative: Vibram Five Fingers Shoes

  • Elizabeth, let ` s go to this video that police sources are now telling a Chicago paper is what they call "peacocking" or strutting, strutting like a peacock to indicate that he feels he has gotten away with it all.

    CNN Transcript Dec 25, 2007

  • His peacocking showed you early on his true insecure character and echoed his shades of narcissism.

    Agi Smith: What Should You Do When Your New Love Bails?

  • I have to admit from day one my inner voice thought he was peacocking by always talking about his wealth and the treasures he has collected from his success, but then he would show me his vulnerable side by sharing the pain of his two divorces.

    Agi Smith: What Should You Do When Your New Love Bails?

  • So I understand this sort of peacocking nature onstage.

    'Whip It' star Juliette Lewis: 'I lied that I could skate' | EW.com

  • Obama clearly wanted to discuss the policy, not the politics, but the republicans had no intention of doing anything but peacocking for the cameras.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: February 26, 2010

  • If men feel that they can renounce some of the trappings of traditional manliness, and women can relinquish some of the mess that came with servile womanhood, aside from the increased purchasing and peacocking that comes with it, this metro situation may not be all bad.

    Mark Simpson and Caroline Hagood on Wo-Metrosexuality and the City

  • Added to that is the opportunity for peacocking with their mobile phones, which have, to the evolutionary biologist, become a substitute for sexual display (men will always put their phone on the table and fiddle with it, women tend to keep theirs in their bag?).

    Will Foursquare be the new Twitter?

  • One writer confides that the green room can feel a bit like a microclimate of metropolitan ambition airlifted into the Brecon countryside, with rival egos all peacocking away.

    Confessions of a first-time festival-goer

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