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[kok-ee] /ˈkɒk i/
adjective, cockier, cockiest.
arrogant; pertly self-assertive; conceited:
He walked in with a cocky air.
Origin of cocky1
1540-50; cock1 + -y1
Related forms
cockily, adverb
cockiness, noun Unabridged
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  • "Well, I'll have you to understand, sergeant—" bristled Hetherington, cockily.

    A Little Book of Christmas John Kendrick Bangs
  • "That's the Queen o' Kentucky, sir," replied the other cockily.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • "Eldorado," he said once, cockily, as if he remembered something from the Spanish part of his background.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • The strut properly speaking began at the tip of his hat–his soft, black hat that sat so cockily upon his head.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
British Dictionary definitions for cockily


adjective cockier, cockiest
excessively proud of oneself
Derived Forms
cockily, adverb


noun (Austral, informal) (pl) cockies
short for cockatoo (sense 2)
a farmer whose farm is regarded as small or of little account
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Word Origin and History for cockily



"arrogantly pert," 1768; originally "lecherous" (1540s); from cock (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Cockiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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