cocky

1
[kok-ee]

adjective, cock·i·er, cock·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. cocktail sauce,
  2. cocktail stick,
  3. cocktail table,
  4. cockteaser,
  5. cockup,
  6. cocky's joy,
  7. cockyleeky,
  8. coco,
  9. coco de mer,
  10. coco-de-mer

Origin of cocky

1
First recorded in 1540–50; cock1 + -y1

Related formscock·i·ly, adverbcock·i·ness, noun

cocky

2
[kok-ee]

noun, plural cock·ies.

Origin of cocky

2
First recorded in 1885–90; cock(atoo), cock(atiel) + -y2

cocky

3
[kok-ee]

verb (used without object), cock·ied, cock·y·ing. Newfoundland.

Origin of cocky

3
apparently a playful alteration, by association with cocky1

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British Dictionary definitions for cocky

cocky

1

adjective cockier or cockiest

excessively proud of oneself
Derived Formscockily, adverb

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 cocky

cocky

adj.

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

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