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cockalorum

[kok-uh-lawr-uh m, -lohr-] /ˌkɒk əˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-/
noun
1.
a self-important little man.
Origin of cockalorum
1705-1715
1705-15; mock Latin, equivalent to cock1 + fanciful -al- + L genitive plural ending -ōrum
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  • Meanwhile the cockalorum is gorging himself with information.

    Davy and The Goblin Charles E. Carryl
  • The cockalorum pondered over this for a moment, and then murmuring, "I prefer croquet," floundered away through the waving grass.

    Davy and The Goblin Charles E. Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for cockalorum

cockalorum

/ˌkɒkəˈlɔːrəm/
noun
1.
a self-important little man
2.
bragging talk; crowing
Word Origin
C18: from cock1 + -alorum, a variant of Latin genitive plural ending -orum; perhaps intended to suggest: the cock of all cocks
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