- a male chicken; rooster.
- the male of any bird, especially of the gallinaceous kind.
- Also called stopcock. a hand-operated valve or faucet, especially one opened or closed by rotating a cylindrical or tapered plug having part of the passage pierced through it from side to side.
- (in a firearm)
- the part of the lock that, by its fall or action, causes the discharge; hammer.
- the position into which the cock, or hammer, is brought by being drawn partly or completely back, preparatory to firing.
- Slang: Vulgar.
- sexual relations with a man.
- a weathercock.
- aleader; chief person.
- Chiefly British Informal. pal; chum.
- British Slang. nonsense.
- Horology. a bracketlike plate holding bearings, supported at one end only.Compare bridge1(def 17).
- Archaic. the time of the crowing of the cock; early in the morning; cockcrow.
- to pull back and set the cock, or hammer, of (a firearm) preparatory to firing.
- to draw back in preparation for throwing or hitting: He cocked his bat and waited for the pitch.
- to set (a camera shutter or other mechanism) for tripping.Compare trip1(def 28).
- to cock the firing mechanism of a firearm.
Origin of cock1
- to set or turn up or to one side, often in an assertive, jaunty, or significant manner: He cocked his eyebrow questioningly.
- to stand or stick up conspicuously.
- Scot. and New England. to strut; swagger; put on airs of importance.
- the act of turning the head, a hat, etc., up or to one side in a jaunty or significant way.
- the position of anything thus placed.
- cock a snook. snook2(def 2).
Origin of cock2
- a conical pile of hay, dung, etc.
- to pile (hay, dung, etc.) in cocks.
Origin of cock3
Examples from the Web for cocked
Then, incredibly, he cocked his head and started making cooing sounds at the baby.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
We ignored the American side and cocked our heads to the right.My Night on the Border
May 25, 2010
He cocked his eyebrows up and one side of his mouth rose into a grin.Behind the Co-Ed Murder Scandal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 13, 2009
The Road-Runner balanced on his slender legs and cocked his head trailwise.The Trail Book
Make it so's he can wear his uniform and a cocked hat and a sword.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
At length he cocked his ears and galloped off into the pines, as another Blackbear appeared.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
I'll do it if the beadle follows in his cocked hat; not else.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
With this hurried adjuration, he cocked his blunderbuss, and stood on the offensive.A Tale of Two Cities
- the male of the domestic fowl
- any other male bird
- the male of certain other animals, such as the lobster
- (as modifier)a cock sparrow
- short for stopcock, weathercock
- a taboo slang word for penis
- the hammer of a firearm
- its position when the firearm is ready to be discharged
- British informal a friend, mate, or fellow
- a jaunty or significant tilting or turning upwardsa cock of the head
- British informal nonsense
- (tr) to set the firing pin, hammer, or breech block of (a firearm) so that a pull on the trigger will release it and thus fire the weapon
- (tr) to set the shutter mechanism of (a camera) so that the shutter can be tripped by pressing the shutter-release button
- (tr sometimes foll by up) to raise in an alert or jaunty manner
- (intr) to stick or stand up conspicuously
- a small, cone-shaped heap of hay, straw, etc
- (tr) to stack (hay, straw, etc) in such heaps
Word Origin and History for cocked
"male chicken," Old English cocc "male bird," Old French coc (12c., Modern French coq), Old Norse kokkr, all of echoic origin. Old English cocc was a nickname for "one who strutted like a cock," thus a common term in the Middle Ages for a pert boy, used of scullions, apprentices, servants, etc.
A common personal name till c.1500, it was affixed to Christian names as a pet diminutive, e.g. Wilcox, Hitchcock, etc. Slang sense of "penis" is attested since 1610s (but cf. pillicock "penis," from c.1300); cock-teaser is from 1891. A cocker spaniel (1823) was trained to start woodcocks. Cock-and-bull is first recorded 1620s, perhaps an allusion to Aesop's fables, with their incredible talking animals, or to a particular story, now forgotten. French has parallel expression coq-à-l'âne.
in various mechanical senses, such as cock of a faucet (early 15c.) is of uncertain connection with cock (n.1), but German has hahn "hen" in many of the same senses. The cock of an old matchlock firearm is 1560s, hence half-cocked "with the cock lifted to the first catch, at which position the trigger does not act" (by 1809).
mid-12c., cocken, "to fight;" 1570s, "to swagger;" seeming contradictory modern senses of "to stand up" (as in cock one's ear), c.1600, and "to bend" (1898) are from the two cock nouns. The first is probably in reference to the posture of the bird's head or tail, the second to the firearm position. To cock ones hat carries the notion of "defiant boastfulness."