\ 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 cocky (audio) \ adverb
cockiness \ ˈkä-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce cocky (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
Recent Examples on the Web But Ritchie also allows the actor to mature a bit, to grow from a cocky young buck into a man carrying an unspoken burden that motivates his every move. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Guy Ritchie, Jason Statham, guns and mayhem are lethally reunited in ‘Wrath of Man’," 6 May 2021 Some viewers may have also noticed that, in terms of how this season is edited, Pascuzzi has sometimes come off looking a bit cocky. oregonlive, "‘Top Chef’ Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi thinks the show will help boost the city’s image," 5 May 2021 The fact is, Democrats got way too cocky over the past year, and especially since Biden stumbled into the White House. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "Ingraham: There's no doubt Republicans are beginning to win again," 4 May 2021 The Celtics were defending champions, and were, well, just plain cocky, no one more than Bird., "Jayson Tatum’s and Larry Bird’s 60 were similar but the 3-pointer was the difference," 2 May 2021 As Levee, a cocky Jazz Age trumpeter with big dreams and a hair-trigger temper, Boseman delivers August Wilson’s arias of self-implosion with mesmerizing finesse. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: The 2021 Nominees for Best Actor," 13 Apr. 2021 For the rest of the NCAA tournament field, there is a bright side: Gonzaga is cocky and satiated. Kidding! Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "I just watched perfection, and its name is Gonzaga. 1976 Indiana will have company soon.," 28 Mar. 2021 Greene was pleased with himself, but not in a cocky way. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Hunter Greene providing that Champman-esque juice we could all use," 3 Mar. 2021 The cocky rhetoric from a few months ago was replaced by a sobering acknowledgment of their failures and that Michigan football had brought about its own demise. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football dealt one final punch in season of failure," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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11 May 2021

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“Cocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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