INSULTS : How dare you call me that .
Definition - a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow
upon a time book titles were a touch more ... adventurous than they are
today. Take, for example, the slim volume of songs and anecdotes the
British publisher J. Fairburn foisted on an unsuspecting public at the
turn of the 18th and 19th centuries: The Cockolorum songster, and
convivial companion, for 1800: Being a collection of monstrous good,
monstrous droll, and monstrous bad, songs, introduced by some eccentric
anecdotes of my cousin, the noble grand ***. Also a few cockolorum
sentiments. Yes siree, they don't title 'em like they used to...
In addition to describing a boastful person, cockalorum can be used in referring to the boastful talk (and also for the game of leapfrog.
If cockalorum suggests a crowing ***, that's because the word probably
comes from kockeloeren - an obsolete Dutch dialect verb meaning "to
Naturally, she was jealous when her mother,
after glimpsing Shaw, said, “he was a well-scrubbed old cockalorum, with
— The Independent, (London, Eng.), 12 Mar. 2011