One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Presumptuously or arrogantly confident.
arrogant, conceited, overconfident, overweening, cocky, 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, insolentView synonyms
- ‘The person praying becomes at once small and humble, which helps him to deal better with his helpless condition much more effectively than his arrogant and cocksure attitude does.’
- ‘I was stripped of a confidence that could have almost been described as arrogant - certainly cocksure - I don't think I liked myself at all in high school.’
- ‘It was certainly sunshine football done with a cocksure swagger of which the yellow-clad heroes from South America are renowned.’
- ‘The supposedly cocksure and unshakeable defence secretary has come under pressure to resign over the photo scandal.’
- ‘His cocksure self-belief, some might say, looks like arrogance and gets up more than a few nostrils on the grand prix circuit.’
- ‘He had hated the Marines' cocksure arrogance, all the more infuriating because it was so clearly justified.’
- ‘His competition with the since-departed major was supportive and good-natured, a sign of maturity from an otherwise cocksure prodigy.’
- ‘The golfer was known for his aggressive style, a cocksure attitude and candid opinions of himself and others.’
- ‘His cocksure attitude and swaggering womanizing make him ripe for a smack in the face.’
- ‘He is capable, confident, and cocksure, and perhaps most importantly, seemingly content with his chosen profession and lifestyle.’
- ‘He is also immature, vain, haughtily cocksure in his perception of the world and ripe for certain lessons, both emotional and intellectual.’
- ‘I was kind of brash and cocksure, and I didn't listen to anyone.’
- ‘Now, she couldn't even remember why she was once so cocksure and confident in herself.’
- ‘He is too cocksure of himself - it is one of his weak spots as a politician.’
- ‘I don't think the guys will go in with any cocksure attitude on Sunday, even against the minor counties.’
- ‘She holds the stage with mesmerising presence; commanding attention with the charisma and cocksure confidence of the rock gods of old.’
- ‘He's handsome enough, and he's got that cocksure attitude with the posing and pouting and acting all mad.’
- ‘The 12 songs here reveal a band that's cocksure but never cocky, moody but never melodramatic and musically adept.’
- ‘The film-makers are so cocksure they've already promised the actor $20 million for the sequel.’
- ‘He's so arrogant, so cocksure… he eyed me up in the foyer as if I was just a slab of meat.’
Early 16th century: from archaic cock (a euphemism for God) + sure; later associated with cock.
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