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Dictionary Definition

cocky adj : overly self-confident or self-assertive; "a very cocky young man" [also: cockiest, cockier]

User Contributed Dictionary



It stems from cocksure



  1. 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
  2. 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


  1. overly self-confident up to a point where you're kidding yourself of your abilities.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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