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Pronunciation /ˈkäkē/ /ˈkɑki/

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adjectivecockier, cockiest

  • Conceited or arrogant, especially in a bold or impudent way.

    ‘we were young, brash, cocky—we knew everything’
    • ‘a cocky playboy with a desperado mustache’
    • ‘He was confident but not cocky and very likable, in a puppy dog sort of way.’
    • ‘I spoke to him last night to wish him well, and he was confident without being cocky about it, which is always good.’
    • ‘It is good to walk in with confidence and a friendly smile, but not be overly confident and cocky!’
    • ‘This kind of surprising, cocky offensive defence goes over well, especially here.’
    • ‘A lot of people are very cocky and brash in this industry and there were quite a few walking around before the exam as if they'd already passed.’
    • ‘For me they are too brash, too cocky, too shallow and too plentiful.’
    • ‘He's cocky and egotistical and it's near impossible to get a word in edgeways.’
    • ‘No one had his look, his air of total confidence and that cocky strut.’
    • ‘I am very confident but I wouldn't say I was cocky or anything like that.’
    • ‘Maybe he wasn't really that arrogant, cocky egomaniac that he pretended to be.’
    • ‘He is justifiably proud of his work all these years later, but he never comes off as cocky or arrogant.’
    • ‘While the actor is confident and cocky, he also has a kind of sheepishness that stops him being just another action star.’
    • ‘He is a confident lad, cocky like most of those who can turn their hand to genius, but nonetheless likeable for it.’
    • ‘They are confident after a record run of nine successive wins, yet not cocky because they know the ultimate test has still to be set.’
    • ‘United weren't creating much but they were cocky and they were getting on the ball and dropping it into areas where something could happen.’
    • ‘Upbeat but not cocky, he was oblivious to his prospects of leading an overall majority government.’
    • ‘He was cocky and had pedigree but there was an underlying suspicion within the county that he might lack the mentality to match his ability.’
    • ‘Never get too comfortable or too cocky, every golfer is advised, because that's when the game will take a large bite out of your ego.’
    • ‘It was amazing how vital and witty and energetic and downright cocky he was.’
    • ‘A mainstay of the Celtic team, he expects his absence to weaken their midfield but is not getting too cocky.’
    arrogant, conceited, overconfident, overweening, cocksure, smug, haughty, supercilious, disdainful, lofty, patronizing, proud, vain, vainglorious, self-important, swollen-headed, egotistical, presumptuous, lordly, pompous, blustering, boastful, brash, self-assertive, opinionated, bold, forward, insolent
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘lecherous’): from cock+ -y.

Main definitions of cocky in English

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cocky2

Pronunciation /ˈkäkē/ /ˈkɑki/

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nouncockies

informal Australian, New Zealand
another term for cockatoo

Main definitions of cocky in English

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cocky3

Pronunciation /ˈkäkē/ /ˈkɑki/

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nouncockies

Australian
  • A farmer, originally one with a small holding.

    • ‘all the cockies in this district wear baseball caps sponsored by chemical companies’

Origin

Late 19th century from the Australian sense of cockatoo‘a small-scale farmer’.

Pronunciation

cocky

/ˈkäkē/ /ˈkɑki/