cock
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cok, from Old English cocc, of imitative origin Date: before 12th century 1. a. the adult male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) b. the male of birds other than the domestic chicken c. woodcock d. archaic the crowing of a cock; also cockcrow e. weathercock 2. a device (as a faucet or valve) for regulating the flow of a liquid 3. a. a chief person ; leader b. a person of spirit and often of a certain swagger or arrogance 4. a. the hammer in the lock of a firearm b. the cocked position of the hammer 5. usually vulgar penis II. verb Date: 1575 intransitive verb 1. strut, swagger 2. to turn, tip, or stick up 3. to position the hammer of a firearm for firing transitive verb 1. a. to draw the hammer of (a firearm) back and set for firing; also to set (the trigger) for firing b. to draw or bend back in preparation for throwing or hitting <
a quarterback cocking his arm
>
<
cock a bat
>
c. to set a mechanism (as a camera shutter) for tripping 2. a. to set erect <
a dog with one ear cocked
>
b. to turn, tip, or tilt usually to one side <
cock one's head
>
3. to turn up (as a hat brim) III. noun Date: 1717 tilt, slant <
cock of the head
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IV. noun Etymology: Middle English cok; akin to German dialect Kocke pile Date: 14th century a small pile (as of hay) V. transitive verb Date: 14th century to put (as hay) into cocks

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  • Cock — (k[o^]k), n. [AS. coc; of unknown origin, perh. in imitation of the cry of the cock. Cf. {Chicken}.] 1. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or domestic fowls. [1913 Webster] 2. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: André de Cock (1880–1964), belgischer Philatelist Edward Cock (1805–1892), britischer Chirurg Hendrik de Cock (1801–1842), reformierter Theologe Hieronymus Cock (1510–1570), niederländischer Verleger Jan… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cock — Cock, n. [It. cocca notch of an arrow.] 1. The notch of an arrow or crossbow. [1913 Webster] 2. The hammer in the lock of a firearm. [1913 Webster] {At cock}, {At full cock}, with the hammer raised and ready to fire; said of firearms, also,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cock — ► NOUN 1) a male bird, especially of a domestic fowl. 2) vulgar slang a man s penis. 3) Brit. informal nonsense. 4) a firing lever in a gun which can be raised to be released by the trigger. 5) a stopcock. ► VERB 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • Cock — (k[o^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cocked} (k[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cocking}.] [Cf. Gael. coc to cock.] 1. To set erect; to turn up. [1913 Webster] Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears. Gay. [1913 Webster] Dick would cock his nose in scorn.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — Cock, n. [Of. coque, F. coche, a small vessel, L. concha muscle shell, a vessel. See {Coach}, and cf. {Cog} a small boat.] A small boat. [1913 Webster] Yond tall anchoring bark [appears] Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — Cock, n. The act of cocking; also, the turn so given; as, a cock of the eyes; to give a hat a saucy cock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — Cock, n. [Cf. Icel. k[ o]kkr lump, Dan. kok heap, or E. cock to set erect.] A small concial pile of hay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — Cock, n. A corruption or disguise of the word God, used in oaths. [Obs.] By cock and pie. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cock — [n] rooster capon, chanticleer, chicken, cock a doodle doo*, cockalorum, cockerel; concept 394 cock [v] aim up toward erect, hump, perk up, pile, prick, raise, stack, stand erect, stand up, stick up; concept 201 …   New thesaurus

  • Cock — Cock, v. t. To draw the hammer of (a firearm) fully back and set it for firing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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