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cock

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noun \ˈkäk\

Definition of cock

  1. 1 a :  the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) b :  the male of birds other than the domestic chicken c :  woodcock d archaic :  the crowing of a cock; also :  cockcrow e :  weathercock

  2. 2 :  a device (as a faucet or valve) for regulating the flow of a liquid

  3. 3 a :  a chief person :  leader b :  a person of spirit and often of a certain swagger or arrogance

  4. 4 a :  the hammer in the lock of a firearm b :  the cocked position of the hammer

  5. 5 usually vulgar :  penis

cock of the walk
  1. :  one that dominates a group or situation especially overbearingly



Origin of cock

Middle English cok, from Old English cocc, of imitative origin


First Known Use: before 12th century


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cock

verb

Definition of cock

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  strut, swagger

  3. 2 :  to turn, tip, or stick up

  4. 3 :  to position the hammer of a firearm for firing

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to draw the hammer of (a firearm) back and set for firing; also :  to set (the trigger) for firing b :  to draw or bend back in preparation for throwing or hitting <a quarterback cocking his arm> <cock a bat> c :  to set a mechanism (as a camera shutter) for tripping

  7. 2 a :  to set erect <a dog with one ear cocked> b :  to turn, tip, or tilt usually to one side <cock one's head>

  8. 3 :  to turn up (as a hat brim)

cock a snook also cock snooks
  1. :  to thumb one's nose <cocking a snook at the establishment>



1575

First Known Use of cock

1575


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cock

noun

Definition of cock

  1. :  tilt, slant <cock of the head>



1717

First Known Use of cock

1717


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cock

noun

Definition of cock

  1. :  a small pile (as of hay)



Origin of cock

Middle English cok; akin to German dialect Kocke pile


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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cock

verb

Definition of cock

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put (as hay) into cocks



14th Century

First Known Use of cock

14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



COCK Defined for Kids

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cock

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noun \ˈkäk\

Definition of cock for Students

  1. 1 :  a male bird :  rooster

  2. 2 :  a faucet or valve for controlling the flow of a liquid or a gas




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cock

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verb

Definition of cock for Students

cockedcocking

  1. 1 :  to turn or tip upward or to one side <The puppy cocked her head when she heard your voice.>

  2. 2 :  to set or draw back in readiness for some action <Watch how I cock my arm to throw.>

  3. 3 :  to draw back the hammer of (a gun) in readiness for firing




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cock

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noun

Definition of cock for Students

  1. :  the act of tipping or turning at an angle :  tilt <a cock of the head>




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