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cock1

[kok] /kɒk/
noun
1.
a male chicken; rooster.
2.
the male of any bird, especially of the gallinaceous kind.
3.
Also called stopcock. a hand-operated valve or faucet, especially one opened or closed by rotating a cylindrical or tapered plug having part of the passage pierced through it from side to side.
4.
  1. the part of the lock that, by its fall or action, causes the discharge; hammer.
  2. the position into which the cock, or hammer, is brought by being drawn partly or completely back, preparatory to firing.
5.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. penis.
  2. sexual relations with a man.
6.
a weathercock.
7.
aleader; chief person.
8.
Chiefly British Informal. pal; chum.
9.
British Slang. nonsense.
10.
Horology. a bracketlike plate holding bearings, supported at one end only.
Compare bridge1 (def 17).
11.
Archaic. the time of the crowing of the cock; early in the morning; cockcrow.
verb (used with object)
12.
to pull back and set the cock, or hammer, of (a firearm) preparatory to firing.
13.
to draw back in preparation for throwing or hitting:
He cocked his bat and waited for the pitch.
14.
to set (a camera shutter or other mechanism) for tripping.
Compare trip1 (def 28).
verb (used without object)
15.
to cock the firing mechanism of a firearm.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English cock, Old English cocc; cognate with Old Norse kokkr; orig. imitative
Related forms
cocklike, adjective

cock2

[kok] /kɒk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to set or turn up or to one side, often in an assertive, jaunty, or significant manner:
He cocked his eyebrow questioningly.
verb (used without object)
2.
to stand or stick up conspicuously.
3.
Scot. and New England. to strut; swagger; put on airs of importance.
noun
4.
the act of turning the head, a hat, etc., up or to one side in a jaunty or significant way.
5.
the position of anything thus placed.
Idioms
6.
cock a snook. snook2 (def 2).
Origin
1705-15; probably special use of cock1

cock3

[kok] /kɒk/
noun, Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
1.
a conical pile of hay, dung, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to pile (hay, dung, etc.) in cocks.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; cognate with dialectal German Kocke heap of hay or dung, Norwegian kok heap, lump; akin to Old Norse kǫkkr lump
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British Dictionary definitions for cock

cock1

/kɒk/
noun
1.
the male of the domestic fowl
2.
  1. any other male bird
  2. the male of certain other animals, such as the lobster
  3. (as modifier): a cock sparrow
3.
short for stopcock, weathercock
4.
a taboo slang word for penis
5.
  1. the hammer of a firearm
  2. its position when the firearm is ready to be discharged
6.
(Brit, informal) a friend, mate, or fellow
7.
a jaunty or significant tilting or turning upwards: a cock of the head
8.
(Brit, informal) nonsense
verb
9.
(transitive) to set the firing pin, hammer, or breech block of (a firearm) so that a pull on the trigger will release it and thus fire the weapon
10.
(transitive) to set the shutter mechanism of (a camera) so that the shutter can be tripped by pressing the shutter-release button
11.
(transitive) sometimes foll by up. to raise in an alert or jaunty manner
12.
(intransitive) to stick or stand up conspicuously
See also cockup
Word Origin
Old English cocc (referring to the male fowl; the development of C15 sense spout, tap, and other transferred senses is not clear), ultimately of imitative origin; related to Old Norse kokkr, French coq, Late Latin coccus

cock2

/kɒk/
noun
1.
a small, cone-shaped heap of hay, straw, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to stack (hay, straw, etc) in such heaps
Word Origin
C14 (in Old English, cocc is attested in place names): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian kok, Danish dialect kok
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Word Origin and History for cock
n.

"male chicken," Old English cocc "male bird," Old French coc (12c., Modern French coq), Old Norse kokkr, all of echoic origin. Old English cocc was a nickname for "one who strutted like a cock," thus a common term in the Middle Ages for a pert boy, used of scullions, apprentices, servants, etc.

A common personal name till c.1500, it was affixed to Christian names as a pet diminutive, e.g. Wilcox, Hitchcock, etc. Slang sense of "penis" is attested since 1610s (but cf. pillicock "penis," from c.1300); cock-teaser is from 1891. A cocker spaniel (1823) was trained to start woodcocks. Cock-and-bull is first recorded 1620s, perhaps an allusion to Aesop's fables, with their incredible talking animals, or to a particular story, now forgotten. French has parallel expression coq-à-l'âne.

in various mechanical senses, such as cock of a faucet (early 15c.) is of uncertain connection with cock (n.1), but German has hahn "hen" in many of the same senses. The cock of an old matchlock firearm is 1560s, hence half-cocked "with the cock lifted to the first catch, at which position the trigger does not act" (by 1809).

v.

mid-12c., cocken, "to fight;" 1570s, "to swagger;" seeming contradictory modern senses of "to stand up" (as in cock one's ear), c.1600, and "to bend" (1898) are from the two cock nouns. The first is probably in reference to the posture of the bird's head or tail, the second to the firearm position. To cock ones hat carries the notion of "defiant boastfulness."

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Slang definitions & phrases for cock

cock

noun
  1. The penis; prick: The youth's cock was by now rock hard (1618+)
  2. A friend; pal •Chiefly British: How goes it, old cock? (1830s+)
Related Terms

drop your cocks and grab your socks, poppycock

[origin uncertain; perhaps based on cock, ''spigot'']


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