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cock

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noun \ˈkäk\

Definition of cock

  1. 1a :  the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) :  roosterb :  the male of birds other than the domestic chickenc :  woodcockd archaic :  the crowing of a cock; also :  cockcrowe :  weathercock

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

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

  4. 4a :  the hammer in the lock of a firearmb :  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 He was strutting around like the cock of the walk after he got a promotion.

Origin and Etymology 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 did a lot of bragging and cocking after winning the game

  3. 2 :  to turn, tip, or stick up a horse's tail cocking almost straight up

  4. 3 :  to position the hammer (see 1hammer 2b(2)) of a firearm for firing

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

  7. 2a :  to set erect a dog with one ear cockedb :  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

or less commonly

cock snooks

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

Origin and Etymology of cock

see 1cock


First Known Use: 1575


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cock

noun

Definition of cock

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

1717

First Known Use of cock

1717


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cock

noun

Definition of cock

  1. :  a small pile (as of hay)

Origin and Etymology 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

cocked

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cocking

  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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