Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like the peacock in having a vain jauntiness of manner; self-conceited; showing off: said of a person.
  • Having a spirited, showy, high action: said of a horse.

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  • adjective Resembling a peacock: proud and boastful

Etymologies

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peacock +‎ -y

Examples

  • What is especially intriguing about these discreet stitches is that the threads my surgeon used are quite vividly blue, an almost peacocky shade that leans toward ultramarine (depending on the light) — and not the somber black that I recall from the last time I recall having needed stitches, which was when I experienced lawnmower misadventure on the farm at Upper Beaconsfield, circa 1984 or 1985, and got a nasty cut on my calf.

    Stitches

  • At one point, I realized I lost one of my peacocky silver rings and was opening girls with “Find my ring for me.”

    Get Laid or Die Trying

  • What is especially intriguing about these discreet stitches is that the threads my surgeon used are quite vividly blue, an almost peacocky shade that leans toward ultramarine (depending on the light) — and not the somber black that I recall from the last time I recall having needed stitches, which was when I experienced lawnmower misadventure on the farm at Upper Beaconsfield, circa 1984 or 1985, and got a nasty cut on my calf.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • At one point, I realized I lost one of my peacocky silver rings and was opening girls with “Find my ring for me.”

    Get Laid or Die Trying

  • Teddy boys, perhaps, or punks, but there was always something silly and peacocky about them, which isn't something you can say about the skins, whose look was built for what used to be called bovver.

    Alexis Petridis: Skinhead style

  • Depending on a reader's aesthetic sympathies, the disorientation of such a poem might present a peacocky randomness, or serve as a loose psychological portrait of a morose yet randy speaker, or a satirical litany of contemporary data, suspended in poetic (and why not) form.

    Poetry: What Does It Accomplish?

  • The peculiarly bland title of "The House on First Street" belies the sass and grit and peacocky local color that Julia Reed brings to this gypsy pageant of a New Orleans memoir.

    Drawn to New Orleans

  • The blue is a very peacocky blue, and the gold is downright mustard.

    February 2007

  • The blue is a very peacocky blue, and the gold is downright mustard.

    Still With the Duro - A Dress A Day

  • He realized I was being a peacocky male for the purposes of trying to conquer a female, and as a man of the world with only one eye, he didn't judge me for this.

    Wake Up, Sir!

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