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cocky

play
adjective \ˈkä-kē\

Simple Definition of cocky

  • : having or showing confidence in a way that is annoying to other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cocky

cockiercockiest

  1. 1 :  boldly or brashly self-confident <a cocky young actor>

  2. 2 :  jaunty

cockily play \ˈkä-kə-lē\ adverb
cockiness play \ˈkä-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of cocky in a sentence

  1. Don't get too cocky about your chances of getting the job.

  2. <a cocky young actor who thought that he was God's gift to the theater>



1768

First Known Use of cocky

1768


COCKY Defined for Kids

cocky

play
adjective \ˈkä-kē\

Definition of cocky for Students

cockiercockiest

  1. :  very sure of oneself :  boldly self-confident





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