a dolt, a fool; a simpleton, a silly fellow ...1606 obs.
of uncertain origin;
possibly an alteration of peak-goose (n. a dolt, a fool), or humorously from pea (n. a peafowl) + goose (n.) after peacock
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1606 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Your Lordship has the right garbe of an excellent Courtier, respects a Clowne, supple ioynted, courtesies a verie peagoose; tis stiffe ham'd audacity that carries it; get once within their distance, and you are in their bosoms instantly..."
From: Monsieur D'Oliue
A Comedie, as it vvas sundrie times acted by her Maiesties children at the Blacke-Friers
- George Chapman