Definition of spud cocky in English:

spud cocky


  • A farmer whose business is growing potatoes.

    ‘did that spud cocky not even have one cow, or an odd fowl or two?’
    • ‘Some of the lucky spud cockies, who had suitable ground and got their seed in early, are now reaping the reward of their energy.’
    • ‘"Okay, I'll come and start you off," said the spud cocky. He dug one root, but was then called away to answer his telephone.’
    • ‘He not only came from a spud cocky family but became a state labor MP.’
    • ‘They import tons of potatoes, thereby squeezing the remaining spud cockies out of business while we're left to eat over-priced imported produce.’
    • ‘Life was never easy for the pioneering spud cockies.’


Late 19th century: from spud + cocky (shortening of the Australian sense of cockatoo ‘a small-scale farmer’).