There are 2 main definitions of cocky in English:


Syllabification: cock·y
Pronunciation: /ˈkäkē

adjective (cockier, cockiest)

Conceited or arrogant, especially in a bold or impudent way.
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  • He was confident but not cocky and very likable, in a puppy dog sort of way.
  • I spoke to him last night to wish him well, and he was confident without being cocky about it, which is always good.
  • It is good to walk in with confidence and a friendly smile, but not be overly confident and cocky!


mid 16th century (in the sense 'lecherous'): from cock1 + -y1.



Pronunciation: /ˈkäkəlē/
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  • About the time he turned 40, the once cockily independent writer had begun collaborating again.
  • She told the room - confidently, almost cockily - that the election was in the bag.
  • His fellow sellers immediately started packing up their magazines, but he cockily urged them to ‘carry on selling’.


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  • It amused her to see Jason hiding his cockiness and his belief that she would say yes no matter what he did.
  • A lot of it is just effrontery, sheer brazen nerve, and a sort of monstrous cockiness.
  • He's got that magic combination of 19-year-old cockiness and born-with-it, estate-lad charisma.

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noun (plural cockies)

Australian /NZ
Informal term for cockatoo.

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