\ 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The cocky rhetoric from a few months ago was replaced by a sobering acknowledgment of their failures and that Michigan football had brought about its own demise. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football dealt one final punch in season of failure," 15 Dec. 2020 But in his autobiography published in 1985, Gen. Yeager didn’t hide his cocky attitude about inherent piloting skills. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Chuck Yeager, Pioneer of Supersonic Flight, Dies at Age 97," 8 Dec. 2020 Mayfield, drafted No. 1 overall in 2018, has sometimes stirred the pot with brash remarks and cocky body language on the field. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cleveland Browns have turned former hype into legit substance," 7 Dec. 2020 The detractors will call him cocky, flamboyant, immature, and unprofessional. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Draft: Is LaMelo Ball worth the No. 1 pick? How good will he be? -- Chris Fedor," 27 Oct. 2020 The cocky teenager had once marveled at the number of Black people in Dudley Square and the upper South End. Kerri Greenidge, The Atlantic, "The Making of Malcolm X," 15 Oct. 2020 Pete Rose was a 22-year-old rookie, the cocky Cincinnati kid with a crew cut. Ben Walker, Star Tribune, "Gibson the Great: Rose, others recall the fearsome Cards ace," 3 Oct. 2020 As cocky as Johnson and Jarmon may sound, all agree that Miami RedHawks commit Jaymor Mundy is the secondary swagger-king. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "A primary weapon for La Salle football could be their secondary," 25 Aug. 2020 In females, for example, hormones present at ovulation can drive a woman to choose a cocky, confident man with a slight stubble and more masculine features. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "A woman's eggs choose lucky sperm during last moments of conception, study finds," 9 June 2020

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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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The first known use of cocky was in 1768

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24 Dec 2020

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“Cocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocky

informal : 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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