Main definitions of cocky in English

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cocky1

adjective

  • Conceited or confident in a bold or cheeky way.

    ‘we were young, brash, cocky—we knew everything’
    ‘a cocky playboy with a desperado mustache’
    • ‘He's cocky and egotistical and it's near impossible to get a word in edgeways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is good to walk in with confidence and a friendly smile, but not be overly confident and cocky!’
    • ‘A mainstay of the Celtic team, he expects his absence to weaken their midfield but is not getting too cocky.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I spoke to him last night to wish him well, and he was confident without being cocky about it, which is always good.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the actor is confident and cocky, he also has a kind of sheepishness that stops him being just another action star.’
    • ‘This kind of surprising, cocky offensive defence goes over well, especially here.’
    • ‘For me they are too brash, too cocky, too shallow and too plentiful.’
    • ‘He was confident but not cocky and very likable, in a puppy dog sort of way.’
    • ‘He is a confident lad, cocky like most of those who can turn their hand to genius, but nonetheless likeable for it.’
    • ‘Maybe he wasn't really that arrogant, cocky egomaniac that he pretended to be.’
    • ‘Upbeat but not cocky, he was oblivious to his prospects of leading an overall majority government.’
    • ‘He is justifiably proud of his work all these years later, but he never comes off as cocky or arrogant.’
    • ‘No one had his look, his air of total confidence and that cocky strut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was amazing how vital and witty and energetic and downright cocky he was.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am very confident but I wouldn't say I was cocky or anything like that.’
    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
    high and mighty, throwing one's weight about, throwing one's weight around, uppish
    hubristic
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cocky

/ˈkɒki/

Main definitions of cocky in English

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cocky2

noun

Australian, NZ
  • informal term for cockatoo
    • ‘The astute observer would know I wasn't a local farmer because all the cockies in this particular district wear baseball caps sponsored by American chemical companies.’
    • ‘The contractors had already sprayed for cockies, fleas, flies and mice but the cockies were guaranteed to re-emerge once the effect of the watered-down spray lost its potency.’
    • ‘According to the official from the parks and wildlife agency it is mating and egg laying season for the cockies.’
    • ‘If you are a bit squeamish when it comes to mice and cockroaches, maybe this isn't the job for you as you'd be required to feed hand bred mice and cockies to your sick and injured patients.’
    • ‘It was getting towards the end of the day and I was yacking to a cocky on the last call.’
    • ‘They will not be taken into account, but the poor old cocky will have to pay the flatulence tax.’
    • ‘I haven't heard any cockies today and it doesn't look like rain.’
    • ‘As larrikin cockies and bush simpletons, they eked out a poor living in snake-infested, rabbit-holed country.’
    • ‘Local folklore has it that black cockies appear before rain.’
    • ‘But this stock theft was not simply a case of nicking some local cocky's loose calf.’
    • ‘In the view of most cockies, some of the finest agricultural land in the state comes with an architectural albatross around it neck in the form of the 1830's house which stands on the land.’

Pronunciation:

cocky

/ˈkɒki/

Main definitions of cocky in English

: cocky1cocky2cocky3

cocky3

noun

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

/ˈkɒki/