cocksure

adjective
cock·​sure | \ˈkäk-ˈshu̇r \

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

Examples of cocksure in a Sentence

you're always so cocksure about everything

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Read More Last man standing from Panthers' 'shop-hungry' draft knows what must happen next Breakout candidate Jackson is cocksure, versatile and athletic. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Most exciting position battle at Panthers' 2018 training camp fueled by competition," 11 July 2018 His work, like that of his cocksure young protégé Egon Schiele (1890-1918)—famed for his moody, expressive portraits and raw, erotic nudes—seemed to echo the decadence of a world cursed by an inescapably dark destiny. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’ and ‘Obsession’ Reviews: More Than Apocalyptic Visions," 9 July 2018 And though the music on ye is cocksure and often dazzling, the album leaves much of West’s recent hectoring unresolved. Jason Parham, WIRED, "On Ye, Kanye West’s Ignorance Is Too Loud to Ignore," 4 June 2018 Han Solo as viewers met him was already a wonderfully cocksure concotion, equal parts aloof and goofy, a guy defined by both his losing streaks and his last-minute loyalties. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful," 23 May 2018 There were worried grumbles through the rumor mill that Alden Ehrenreich (who plays young Han) was struggling to nail the part of the cocksure pilot during production. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "5 things to know about Solo: A Star Wars Story," 15 May 2018 The images Mueller and Rosenstein are projecting are pretty cocksure. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Robert Mueller and Co. are playing hardball," 2 May 2018 Panthers may have found that in Donte Jackson Carolina selected Jackson, a lightning-fast, cocksure cornerback, in the second round of the NFL draft. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "With 2 versatile rookies, here's how Panthers secondary is expected to shake out | Charlotte Observer," 30 Apr. 2018 We are supposed to cringe when Chuck and Axe collide and speak to each other like cocksure generals preparing for battle; their swagger and hyperbole are meant to be comical. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, ""Billions" reckons with the inflated egos and muddled ethics of Wall Street.," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cocksure

1608, 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 1608

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cocksure

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cocksure

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

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