cocksure

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adjective cock·sure \ˈkäk-ˈshu̇r\

Definition of cocksure

  1. 1 :  feeling perfect assurance sometimes on inadequate grounds

  2. 2 :  marked by overconfidence or presumptuousness :  cocky

cocksurely

adverb

cocksureness

noun

Examples of cocksure in a Sentence

  1. you're always so cocksure about everything

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Origin and Etymology of cocksure

probably from 1cock + sure


First Known Use: 1608

Synonym Discussion of cocksure

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

COCKSURE Defined for English Language Learners

cocksure

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adjective

Definition of cocksure for English Language Learners

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



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