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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
First recorded in 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
  • 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
  • "Eldorado," he said once, cockily, as if he remembered something from the Spanish part of his background.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
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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