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cocky

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[ kok-ee ]
/ ˈkɒk i /
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adjective, cock·i·er, cock·i·est.

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

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Origin of cocky

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First recorded in 1540–50; cock1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM cocky

cock·i·ly, adverbcock·i·ness, noun

Definition for cocky (2 of 3)

cocky2
[ kok-ee ]
/ ˈkɒk i /

noun, plural cock·ies.

Origin of cocky

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

Definition 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
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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
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