noun (plural -rums) Etymology: probably modification of obsolete Dutch dialect kockeloeren to crow, of imitative origin Date: circa 1715 1. a boastful and self-important person 2. leapfrog 3. boastful talk

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  • cockalorum — [käk΄ə lôr′əm] n. [pseudo L extension of COCK1; infl. by Du kockeloeren, to crow] 1. a little man with an exaggerated idea of his own importance 2. boastful talk; crowing …   English World dictionary

  • cockalorum — /kok euh lawr euhm, lohr /, n. a self important little man. [1705 15; mock Latin, equiv. to COCK1 + fanciful al + L gen. pl. ending orum] * * * …   Universalium

  • cockalorum — noun a) A menial, yet self important man, empty boaster b) The game leapfrog …   Wiktionary

  • cockalorum — n. one who brags about himself, arrogant person, boastful person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cockalorum — [ˌkɒkə lɔ:rəm] noun (plural cockalorums) informal, dated a self important man. Origin C18: an arbitrary formation from cock1 …   English new terms dictionary

  • cockalorum — n Informal. bantam cock, bantam, smart aleck, wiseacre, Sl. wise guy; jackanapes, whip persnapper …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • cockalorum — cock·a·lo·rum …   English syllables

  • cockalorum — cock•a•lo•rum [[t]ˌkɒk əˈlɔr əm, ˈloʊr [/t]] n. 1) a person of exaggerated self importance 2) conceited talk; swagger • Etymology: 1705–15; mock Latin, = cock I+ fanciful al + L gen. pl. ending ōrum …   From formal English to slang

  • cockalorum — A person who thinks they are bigger than they are …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • cockalorum — /kɒkəˈlɔrəm/ (say kokuh lawruhm) noun Obsolete Colloquial a petty but self important person. {cock1 + Latin alorum, a genitive plural ending; apparently a humorous coinage meaning cock of all cocks } …   Australian English dictionary

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