cock-sure

cocksure

[kok-shoor, -shur]
adjective
1.
perfectly sure or certain; completely confident in one's own mind: She was cocksure that she was able to do the job better than anyone else.
2.
too certain; overconfident: He was so cocksure he would win the election that he didn't even bother to campaign.
3.
Obsolete. perfectly secure or safe.

Origin:
1510–20; cock1 + sure

cocksurely, adverb
cocksureness, noun


1. cocky, arrogant, conceited.
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cocksure (ˌkɒkˈʃʊə, -ˈʃɔː)
 
adj
overconfident; arrogant
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]
 
cock'surely
 
adv
 
cock'sureness
 
n

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cocksure
1520s, "certain," from cock (n.1) + sure. Probably "as assured as a cock." "The word was originally perfectly dignified, and habitually used in the most solemn connexions" [OED].
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