[ kok-ee ]
/ ˈkɒk i /

adjective, cock·i·er, cock·i·est.

arrogant; pertly self-assertive; conceited: He walked in with a cocky air.

Origin of cocky

First recorded in 1540–50; cock1 + -y1
Related formscock·i·ly, adverbcock·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cockily

  • "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
  • "Well, I'll have you to understand, sergeant—" bristled Hetherington, cockily.

    A Little Book of Christmas|John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for cockily (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒkɪ) /

adjective cockier or cockiest

excessively proud of oneself
Derived Formscockily, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for cockily (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒkɪ) /

noun plural cockies Australian informal

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