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cock

play
noun \ ˈkäk \

Definition of cock

1 a :the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) :rooster
b :the male of birds other than the domestic chicken
d archaic :the crowing of a cock; also :cockcrow
2 :a device (such as a faucet or valve) for regulating the flow of a liquid
  • the cock of an automobile radiator
3 a :a chief person :leader
b :a person of spirit and often of a certain swagger or arrogance
4 a :the hammer in the lock of a firearm
b :the cocked position of the hammer
5 usually vulgar :penis
cock of the walk
: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


2

cock

verb

Definition of cock

intransitive verb
1 :strut, swagger
  • did a lot of bragging and cocking after winning the game
2 :to turn, tip, or stick up
  • a horse's tail cocking almost straight up
3 :to position the hammer (see 1hammer 2b(2)) of a firearm for firing
transitive verb
1 a :to draw the hammer of (a firearm) back and set for firing; also :to set (the trigger) for firing
b :to draw or bend back in preparation for throwing or hitting
  • a quarterback cocking his arm
  • cock a bat
c :to set (a mechanism, such as a camera shutter) for tripping (see 1trip transitive 3)
2 a :to set erect
  • a dog with one ear cocked
b :to turn, tip, or tilt usually to one side
  • cock one's head
3 :to turn up (something, such as a hat brim)
cock a snook or less commonly cock snooks
:to thumb one's nose
  • cocking a snook at the establishment

Origin and Etymology of cock

see 1cock


3

cock

noun

Definition of cock

:tilt, slant
  • cock of the head
  • the jaunty cock of his hat

4

cock

noun

Definition of cock

:a small pile (as of hay)

Origin and Etymology of cock

Middle English cok; akin to German dialect Kocke pile

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


5

cock

verb

Definition of cock

transitive verb
:to put (hay or something similar) into small piles

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



COCK Defined for Kids

1

cock

play
noun \ ˈkäk \

Definition of cock for Students

1 :a male bird :rooster
2 :a faucet or valve for controlling the flow of a liquid or a gas

2

cock

verb

Definition of cock for Students

cocked; cocking
1 :to turn or tip upward or to one side
  • The puppy cocked her head when she heard your voice.
2 :to set or draw back in readiness for some action
  • Watch how I cock my arm to throw.
3 :to draw back the hammer of (a gun) in readiness for firing

3

cock

noun

Definition of cock for Students

:the act of tipping or turning at an angle :tilt
  • a cock of the head

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