Synonyms for peacocking

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PEACOCKING

The King and Queen, it was said, did not like this peacocking, but might not help it.

Tourists as nuns, tourists as Turks, tourists as God-knows-what, all preening and peacocking!

For Charlotte had come in with a platter, and Nan turned about, peacocking before her unsurprised gaze.

What did she want with that peacocking—wasting time and money; there was nothing in it!

And Aunt Hannah in her enraged scorn even undertook a grotesque and mincing imitation of the peacocking aforesaid.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, poucock, from Middle English po "peacock" + coc (see cock (n.)).

Po is from Old English pawa "peafowl" (cock or hen), from Latin pavo (genitive pavonis), which, with Greek taos said to be ultimately from Tamil tokei (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo).

The Latin word also is the source of Old High German pfawo, German Pfau, Dutch pauw, Old Church Slavonic pavu. Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh superstitiously was 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." [Epiphanus]

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