cocky adj : overly self-confident or self-assertive; "a very cocky young man" [also: cockiest, cockier]
EtymologyIt stems from cocksure
- Rhymes: -ɒki
- Abbreviation of cockatoo, especially when
talking to such a bird, as in "hello cocky".
- 2005: Visit the local store at Coles Bay and you're greeted by a talking cocky called Jim. — Australian Broadcasting Commission, The World Today program, Town seeks environmental accreditation, 5 August 2005 http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2005/s1431391.htm
- A farmer.
- And stories in the bush may not seem relevant in the big smoke, but try telling that to a cocky. — Shelley Horton, Australian Broadcasting Commission Media Dimensions program, episode 15 http://www.abc.net.au/dimensions/media/transcripts/s420757.htm
- overly self-confident up to a point where you're kidding yourself of your abilities.
aggressively self-confident, arrogant, audacious, biggety, bluff, bold, brash, brassy, brazen, bumptious, challenging, cheeky, chesty, chutzpadik, cocksure, conceited, contemptuous, crusty, daring, defiant, defying, derisive, disdainful, disregardful, disrespectful, egotistical, facy, flip, flippant, fresh, gally, gratuitous, greatly daring, haughty, immodest, impertinent, impudent, insolent, know-it-all, malapert, nervy, obtrusive, overconfident, overwise, peacockish, peacocky, perk, perky, pert, prideful, proud, puffed up, regardless of consequences, rude, sassy, saucy, self-conceited, self-important, self-opinionated, smart, smart-alecky, smart-ass, stuck-up, swelled-headed, uncalled-for, vain, wise-ass