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cocksure

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adjective cock·sure \ˈkäk-ˈshu̇r\

Simple Definition of cocksure

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cocksure

  1. 1 :  feeling perfect assurance sometimes on inadequate grounds

  2. 2 :  marked by overconfidence or presumptuousness :  cocky

cocksurely

adverb

cocksureness

noun

Examples of cocksure in a sentence

  1. <you're always so cocksure about everything>



Origin and Etymology of cocksure

probably from 1cock + sure


First Known Use: 1608

Synonym Discussion of cocksure

sure, certain, positive, cocksure mean having no doubt or uncertainty. sure usually stresses the subjective or intuitive feeling of assurance <felt sure that I had forgotten something>. certain may apply to a basing of a conclusion or conviction on definite grounds or indubitable evidence <police are certain about the cause of the fire>. positive intensifies sureness or certainty and may imply opinionated conviction or forceful expression of it <I'm positive that's the person I saw>. cocksure implies presumptuous or careless positiveness <you're always so cocksure about everything>.

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