cockiness

cocky

1 [kok-ee]
adjective, cockier, cockiest.
arrogant; pertly self-assertive; conceited: He walked in with a cocky air.

Origin:
1540–50; cock1 + -y1

cockily, adverb
cockiness, noun
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cockiness (ˈkɒkɪnɪs)
 
n
conceited self-assurance

cocky1 (ˈkɒkɪ)
 
adj , cockier, cockiest
excessively proud of oneself
 
'cockily1
 
adv

cocky2 (ˈkɒkɪ)
 
n , pl cockies
1.  short for cockatoo
2.  a farmer whose farm is regarded as small or of little account

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cocky
"arrogantly pert" (1768) originally meant "lecherous" (16c.); from cock (n.1). Related: Cockiness (1864).
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