cock

noun (1)
\ ˈkäk \

Definition of cock 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) : rooster

b : the male of birds other than the domestic chicken

c : woodcock

d archaic : the crowing of a cock also : cockcrow

e : weathercock

2 : a device (such as a faucet or valve) for regulating the flow of a liquid the cock of an automobile radiator

3a : a chief person : leader

b : a person of spirit and often of a certain swagger or arrogance

4a : the hammer in the lock of a firearm

b : the cocked position of the hammer

5 usually vulgar : penis

cock of the walk

: one that dominates a group or situation especially overbearingly He was strutting around like the cock of the walk after he got a promotion.

cock

verb (1)

Definition of cock (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : strut, swagger did a lot of bragging and cocking after winning the game

2 : to turn, tip, or stick up a horse's tail cocking almost straight up

3 : to position the hammer (see hammer entry 1 sense 2b(2)) of a firearm for firing

transitive verb

1a : 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, such as a camera shutter) for tripping (see trip entry 1 sense transitive 3)

2a : to set erect a dog with one ear cocked

b : to turn, tip, or tilt usually to one side cock one's head

3 : to turn up (something, such as a hat brim)

cock a snook or less commonly cock snooks

: to thumb one's nose cocking a snook at the establishment

cock

noun (2)

Definition of cock (Entry 3 of 5)

: tilt, slant cock of the head the jaunty cock of his hat

cock

noun (3)

Definition of cock (Entry 4 of 5)

: a small pile (as of hay)

cock

verb (2)
cocked; cocking; cocks

Definition of cock (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: to put (hay or something similar) into small piles

History and Etymology for cock

Noun (1)

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

Verb (1)

see cock entry 1

Noun (3)

Middle English cok; akin to German dialect Kocke pile

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cock

noun
\ ˈkäk \

Kids Definition of cock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a male bird : rooster

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

cock

verb
cocked; cocking

Kids Definition of cock (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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

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

cock

noun

Kids Definition of cock (Entry 3 of 3)

: the act of tipping or turning at an angle : tilt a cock of the head

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