cocky

1
[kok-ee]

Origin of cocky

1
First recorded in 1540–50; cock1 + -y1
Related formscock·i·ly, adverbcock·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for cockily

Historical Examples of cockily

  • "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

cocky

1
adjective cockier or cockiest
  1. excessively proud of oneself
Derived Formscockily, adverb

cocky

2
noun plural cockies Australian informal
  1. short for cockatoo (def. 2)
  2. a farmer whose farm is regarded as small or of little account
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Word Origin and History for cockily

cocky

adj.

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

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