\ ˈkä-kē How to pronounce cocky (audio) \
cockier; cockiest

Definition of cocky

1 : boldly or brashly self-confident a cocky young actor he is invariably a smug and cocky stuffed_shirt— James Thurber
2 : jaunty

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Other Words from cocky

cockily \ ˈkä-​kə-​lē How to pronounce cockily (audio) \ adverb
cockiness \ ˈkä-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce cockiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of cocky in a Sentence

Don't get too cocky about your chances of getting the job. a cocky young actor who thought that he was God's gift to the theater

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Not so cocky now, huh? Kidding (sort of), of course. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These "Chicken Coop Mansions" Look Like Guest Houses," 21 May 2019 Frozen with dread, the churchmen heard how a cocky Niemöller had promised that everything would be fine. Doris Bergen, WSJ, "‘Then They Came for Me’ Review: Germany’s Tortured Conscience," 7 Dec. 2018 The Chiefs seem very cocky at the moment, as evidenced by Matt Miller's piece here. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Trump kicks the NFL, Chiefs fans are cocky (?) and Mahomes' endorsements," 5 June 2018 The authors’ styles differ—Hawking cocky, Mr. Rees sober—but the substance of their books overlaps. John Horgan, WSJ, "‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ and ‘On the Future’ Review: Serious Doubt on Serious Earth," 18 Oct. 2018 The navigable group and last 16 tie means the final eight are a distinct possibility and should be what Southgate and his men are aiming for, without getting overly cocky., "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing England's Chances at the Tournament," 5 June 2018 Dan had a way with mythology, Si’s storytelling was cocky and filled with ideas and willing to sort of charge things head-on. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ Gets Another Life," 31 July 2018 There’s also the cocky Hype Fazon (Donald Faison), cranky and ex-Imperial pilot Griff Halloran (Stephen Stanton), the cold Frey Fenris (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), and the daring Bo Keevil (whose voice actor wasn’t revealed, weirdly). Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Meet the pilots of Star Wars Resistance in a new featurette," 14 Sep. 2018 Just a couple days ago, Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris was confident — if not cocky — about his ability to shut down Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "LeBron James' absurd Game 2 stats prove Marcus Morris wrong about Pacers, Raptors," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of cocky

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cocky

see cock entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cocky

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


\ ˈkä-kē How to pronounce cocky (audio) \
cockier; cockiest

Kids Definition of cocky

: very sure of oneself : boldly self-confident

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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