cock·​sure | \ ˈkäk-ˈshu̇r How to pronounce cocksure (audio) \

Definition of cocksure

1 : feeling perfect assurance sometimes on inadequate grounds
2 : marked by overconfidence or presumptuousness : cocky

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Other Words from cocksure

cocksurely adverb
cocksureness noun

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sure, certain, positive, cocksure mean having no doubt or uncertainty. sure usually stresses the subjective or intuitive feeling of assurance. felt sure that I had forgotten something certain may apply to a basing of a conclusion or conviction on definite grounds or indubitable evidence. police are certain about the cause of the fire positive intensifies sureness or certainty and may imply opinionated conviction or forceful expression of it. I'm positive that's the person I saw cocksure implies presumptuous or careless positiveness. you're always so cocksure about everything

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you're always so cocksure about everything
Recent Examples on the Web Everett, a fast-talking, cocksure radio host, is called in to help diagnose an electrical issue, which several people tell him is likely due to pesky squirrels chewing through the wires again. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Vast of Night Reboots the Glee of UFO Conspiracy Culture," 29 May 2020 For the cocksure slopester, practical ski pants were seemingly not an option. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Stop Skiing in Jeans. It’s Not the 1970s Anymore.," 5 Feb. 2020 Disbarred attorney Alan Koslow, usually so cocksure and proud, was neither on the night he was flipped by the FBI. Susannah Bryan,, "Informant Alan Koslow tells how FBI made him an offer he couldn’t refuse," 21 Nov. 2019 On that occasion, he was beaten into second place by an elegant and cocksure runner named Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "Inside the Race to Break the Two-Hour Marathon," 11 Oct. 2019 Wright’s ebullient and cocksure Jay, who grabs our interest and sympathy from the start, also reveals emotional depths. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Timely ‘The Royale’ comes out swinging," 10 Oct. 2019 Tom’s cocksure leather look — a breakout sultry aesthetic dating to the 1950s — captured the early attention of artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Raymond Pettibon and Mike Kelley. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019 The outside outrage isn’t getting any quieter, with the harshest of doubters lambasting Nagy’s play-calling, game management and a demeanor some perceive as cocksure. Dan Wiederer,, "Matt Nagy’s last-place Bears aren’t meeting expectations — and the fan base is enraged. How will he respond?," 31 Oct. 2019 The complete Dion Waiters, the cocksure Dion Waiters, the Dion Waiters who at the end of 2016-17 looked like the most prudent of future Miami Heat investments. Ira Winderman,, "Dion Waiters sizzles in reserve in victory, but makes clear starting remains priority," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cocksure

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cocksure

probably from cock entry 1 + sure

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The first known use of cocksure was in 1672

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“Cocksure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocksure

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

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