A person who is constantly advertising and praising his/her self by indirect means.

(Origin: "The Mind-Body Problem" by Rebecca Goldstein.)
She's an example of the more obnoxious sort of peacock: a closet peacock. Once you get the dictionary to her private language, you understand that everything she says translates into self-praise.

... Right now, she was complaining to me about the ENORMOUS size of her classes and her need to procure a second graduate student to help with the grading. Translation: "I'm such a POPULAR teacher."

(Mind-Body Problem, p. 236)
von PaleBlueYacht 3. April 2011

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