cocky

adjective \ ˈkä-kē \

Definition of cocky

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

cockily

play \ˈkä-kə-lē\ adverb

cockiness

play \ˈkä-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of cocky in a Sentence

  1. Don't get too cocky about your chances of getting the job.

  2. a cocky young actor who thought that he was God's gift to the theater

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Origin and Etymology of cocky

see 1cock


COCKY Defined for English Language Learners

cocky

adjective

Definition of cocky for English Language Learners

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


COCKY Defined for Kids

cocky

adjective \ ˈkä-kē \

Definition of cocky for Students

cockier; cockiest
:very sure of oneself :boldly self-confident


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