\ ˈkä-kē How to pronounce cocky (audio) \
cockier; cockiest

Definition of cocky

1 : boldly or brashly self-confident a cocky young actor he is invariably a smug and cocky stuffed shirt— James Thurber
2 : jaunty

Other Words from cocky

cockily \ ˈkä-​kə-​lē How to pronounce cocky (audio) \ adverb
cockiness \ ˈkä-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce cocky (audio) \ noun

Examples of cocky in a Sentence

Don't get too cocky about your chances of getting the job. a cocky young actor who thought that he was God's gift to the theater
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First Known Use of cocky

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cocky

see cock entry 1

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24 Dec 2021

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“Cocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocky

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


\ ˈkä-kē How to pronounce cocky (audio) \
cockier; cockiest

Kids Definition of cocky

: very sure of oneself : boldly self-confident

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