One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Conceited or arrogant, especially in a bold or impudent way.
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, insolentView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘A mainstay of the Celtic team, he expects his absence to weaken their midfield but is not getting too cocky.’
- ‘It was amazing how vital and witty and energetic and downright cocky he was.’
- ‘I spoke to him last night to wish him well, and he was confident without being cocky about it, which is always good.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘No one had his look, his air of total confidence and that cocky strut.’
- ‘This kind of surprising, cocky offensive defence goes over well, especially here.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I am very confident but I wouldn't say I was cocky or anything like that.’
- ‘He is justifiably proud of his work all these years later, but he never comes off as cocky or arrogant.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Upbeat but not cocky, he was oblivious to his prospects of leading an overall majority government.’
- ‘He is a confident lad, cocky like most of those who can turn their hand to genius, but nonetheless likeable for it.’
- ‘He was confident but not cocky and very likable, in a puppy dog sort of way.’
- ‘It is good to walk in with confidence and a friendly smile, but not be overly confident and cocky!’
- ‘He's cocky and egotistical and it's near impossible to get a word in edgeways.’
- ‘For me they are too brash, too cocky, too shallow and too plentiful.’
- ‘While the actor is confident and cocky, he also has a kind of sheepishness that stops him being just another action star.’
- ‘Maybe he wasn't really that arrogant, cocky egomaniac that he pretended to be.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘lecherous’): from cock + -y.
- informal term for cockatoo
- ‘I haven't heard any cockies today and it doesn't look like rain.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As larrikin cockies and bush simpletons, they eked out a poor living in snake-infested, rabbit-holed country.’
- ‘But this stock theft was not simply a case of nicking some local cocky's loose calf.’
- ‘It was getting towards the end of the day and I was yacking to a cocky on the last call.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They will not be taken into account, but the poor old cocky will have to pay the flatulence tax.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘According to the official from the parks and wildlife agency it is mating and egg laying season for the cockies.’
- ‘Local folklore has it that black cockies appear before rain.’
A farmer, originally one with a small holding.‘all the cockies in this district wear baseball caps sponsored by chemical companies’
Late 19th century: from the Australian sense of cockatoo ‘a small-scale farmer’.
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