cocky

1
[kok-ee]

adjective, cock·i·er, cock·i·est.

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

Origin of cocky

1
First recorded in 1540–50; cock1 + -y1
Related formscock·i·ly, adverbcock·i·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


Examples from the Web for cockiness

Contemporary Examples of cockiness

Historical Examples of cockiness


British Dictionary definitions for cockiness

cockiness

noun

conceited self-assurance

cocky

1

adjective cockier or cockiest

excessively proud of oneself
Derived Formscockily, adverb

cocky

2

noun plural cockies Australian informal

a farmer whose farm is regarded as small or of little account
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cockiness

cocky

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper