\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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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 Although his dullish voice-overs attempt to establish him as a deep thinker and observer, Moss outwardly comes off as anything but: surly, cocky, needy, slackerish, immature. Gary Goldstein,, "Review: Southern drama 'Moss' underwhelms, but it has great views," 5 July 2018 Fortunately, the squad and coaching staff doesn’t seem to be buying into that cocky belief. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England's World Cup run is magical but the fans need to chill out," 7 July 2018 Cole punctuated his exit with a cocky spit on his strut toward the dugout. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis, Alex Bregman power Astros over Rangers," 7 June 2018 When Juno was released, conservatives attacked it for normalizing teen pregnancy, yet over the course of the movie, the cocky title character (Page) learns how messy and challenging adulthood can be. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Like Juno, Diablo Cody's Tully is a tale of motherhood and waning youth," 10 May 2018 Rather than confident, that person is cocky, petty, loud. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "You Know He Got That Big Dick Energy," 26 June 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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