Dictionary.com

cocky

1
[ kok-ee ]
/ ˈkɒk i /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: cocky / cockier / cockiest / cockiness on Thesaurus.com

adjective, cock·i·er, cock·i·est.
arrogant; pertly self-assertive; conceited; He walked in with a cocky air.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of cocky

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

OTHER WORDS FROM cocky

cock·i·ly, adverbcock·i·ness, noun

Other definitions for cocky (2 of 3)

cocky2
[ kok-ee ]
/ ˈkɒk i /

noun, plural cock·ies.

Origin of cocky

2
First recorded in 1830–40; cock(atoo), cock(atiel) + -y2

Other definitions for cocky (3 of 3)

cocky3
[ kok-ee ]
/ ˈkɒk i /

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

Origin of cocky

3
Apparently a playful alteration, by association with cocky1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use cocky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cocky (1 of 2)

cocky1
/ (ˈkɒkɪ) /

adjective cockier or cockiest
excessively proud of oneself

Derived forms of cocky

cockily, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for cocky (2 of 2)

cocky2
/ (ˈkɒkɪ) /

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
FEEDBACK