\ ˈkä-kē \
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

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Other Words from cocky

cockily \ ˈkä-​kə-​lē \ adverb
cockiness \ ˈkä-​kē-​nəs \ 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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Just a couple days ago, Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris was confident — if not cocky — about his ability to shut down Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "LeBron James' absurd Game 2 stats prove Marcus Morris wrong about Pacers, Raptors," 15 May 2018 An alternative explanation is that investors were cocky. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "How Worried Should You Be About a Stock-Market Selloff?," 23 Nov. 2018 The cocky company, HelloCig Electronic Technology Co. Ltd, even advertised the vape liquids with labels and images using drug brand names. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "E-cig co. put Viagra, Cialis in vape liquids—the FDA is throbbing mad," 12 Oct. 2018 Ellis said people — even some opposing coaches — have called him cocky for complaining about times that 99 percent of San Diego runners can’t even fathom. Zach Engberg,, "Mt. Carmel sprinter running in small crowd," 24 May 2018 And knew the difference between being confident and being cocky. Ariel Nagi, Seventeen, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," 3 Nov. 2014 After months of dissection and debate, the Browns selected Mayfield, Oklahoma's cocky and charismatic quarterback with the No. Tom Withers,, "No, Johnny, no: Browns are sure top pick Baker Mayfield is no Johnny Manziel," 27 Apr. 2018 After months of dissection and debate, the Browns selected Mayfield, Oklahoma's cocky and charismatic quarterback with the No. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Top gun: Browns select QB Baker Mayfield No. 1 in NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018 The words were spoken with the cocky confidence representing Jaymes Poling's three deployments to Afghanistan as a soldier with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Brian Albrecht,, "Cleveland native Tom Lange recalls daunting Iwo Jima invasion and near misses (photos, video)," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cocky

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


\ ˈkä-kē \
cockier; cockiest

Kids Definition of cocky

: very sure of oneself : boldly self-confident

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