cocky (comparative cockier, superlative cockiest)Translations
- French: suffisant, arrogant
- German: arrogant, frech
- Italian: arrogante, impertinente
- Russian: зано́счивый
- Spanish: arrogante, pedante, chulo, creído, engreído, petulante, bravucón, valentón
cocky (plural cockies)
- (chiefly, Britain, Ireland, colloquial, dated) Used as a term of endearment, originally for a person of either sex#Noun|sex, but later primarily for a man#Noun|man.
cocky (plural cockies) (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, informal)
- A (familiar#Adjective|familiar name#Noun|name for a) cockatoo.
- 1923, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, “Willie Struthers and Kangaroo”, in Kangaroo, London: Martin Secker […], OCLC 5175814 ↗, page 229 ↗:
- "Hello Cocky! What yer want?" This in a more-than-human voice from a fine sulphur-crested cockatoo. "Hello Cocky!" His thick black tongue worked in his narrow mouth. So absolutely human the sound, and yet a bird's.
- (also, attributively) Short for cockatoo farmer#English|cockatoo farmer (“small-scale farmer”); (by extension) any farmer or owner of rural land#Noun|land.
- Synonyms: cockatoo, crofter
- 1896, Henry Lawson, “Another of Mitchell’s Plans for the Future”, in While the Billy Boils, Sydney, N.S.W.: Angus and Robertson […], OCLC 154280213 ↗, page 110 ↗:
- 'I'll get down among the cockies along the Lachlan or some of those rivers,' said Mitchell, throwing down his swag beneath a big tree. 'A man stands a better show down there. [...] One cocky I worked for wanted me to stay with him for good. Sorry I didn't. [...']
cocky (cockies, present participle cockying; past and past participle cockied)
- (intransitive, chiefly, Australia, informal, historical) To operate a small-scale farm#Noun|farm.
- Synonyms: cockatoo