\ 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 Parker is seen as a cocky but likable guitar hotshot whose distinctive rhythm work proved to be a secret ingredient to the R&B-pop groove of the era. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2021 As past and present alternate, the eccentricities of the older Zátopek gradually knit together with the cocky showmanship of his younger self. Guy Lodge, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. cleveland, 26 July 2021 Andonovski asked his team to play conservatively against Australia, which clearly didn’t fit a cocky, confident team that is used to going for the jugular. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 Lilly King has been characterized as a cocky winner. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 28 July 2021 Her focus was Philadelphia’s 1975 mayoral race, in which the brash and cocky incumbent, Frank L. Rizzo, the city’s former police commissioner, was seeking a second term. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Duntsch, though, is charismatic and cocky, possibly a full-blown sociopath and definitely high on his own supply, literally and figuratively. Kristen Baldwin,, 8 July 2021 Lee, played by Mike Moh, is depicted as extremely cocky and aggressive - Cliff manages to humiliate the martial arts legend by throwing him against a car, but the fight is broken up before a true winner can be declared. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 5 July 2021

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Cocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocky

: 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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