cocksure

  • 1 Cocksure — Cock sure , a. 1. Perfectly safe. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We steal as in a castle, cocksure: . . . we walk invisible. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Quite certain. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] I thought myself cocksure of the horse which he readily promised… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 cocksure — positive, certain, *sure Analogous words: *confident, assured, sanguine, presumptuous: pretentious (see SHOWY): *decided, decisive Antonyms: dubious, doubtful Contrasted words: modest, diffident (see SHY) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 cocksure — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ presumptuously or arrogantly confident. DERIVATIVES cocksureness noun. ORIGIN from archaic cock (a euphemism for God) + SURE(Cf. ↑sureness); later associated with COCK(Cf. ↑cock) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 cocksure — [käk′shoor′] adj. [ COCK1 + SURE] 1. absolutely sure or certain 2. sure or self confident in a stubborn or overbearing way cocksureness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Cocksure — 1st edition cover Cocksure is a novel by Mordecai Richler. It was first published in 1968 by McClelland and Stewart. A satirical work, the novel centres on Mortimer Griffin, a middle class Anglican from Caribou, Ontario who has built a successful …

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  • 7 cocksure — cocksurely, adv. cocksureness, n. /kok shoor , sherr /, adj. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 8 cocksure — {adj.} Overconfident; very sure. * /Paul was cocksure that it wasn t going to snow, but it snowed so much that we had to dig our way out of the house./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 9 cocksure — {adj.} Overconfident; very sure. * /Paul was cocksure that it wasn t going to snow, but it snowed so much that we had to dig our way out of the house./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 10 cocksure — cock|sure [ˌkɔkˈʃuə US ˌka:kˈʃur] adj old fashioned [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: cock word used to avoid saying God (14 19 centuries) + sure] too confident of your abilities or knowledge, in a way that is annoying to other people ▪ He seemed rather… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 cocksure — adj Overconfident; very sure. Paul was cocksure that it wasn t going to snow, but it snowed so much that we had to dig our way out of the house …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 12 cocksure — [[t]kɒ̱kʃʊ͟ə(r)[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is cocksure is so confident and sure of their abilities that they annoy other people. [OLD FASHIONED] …

    English dictionary

  • 13 cocksure — adjective informal too confident of your abilities or knowledge, in a way that is annoying to other people: He seemed to be rather cocksure, this young man …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 cocksure — cocky / cocksure [adj] self assured, full of oneself arrogant, brash, bumptious, certain, conceited, confident, egotistical, hotdogging*, hotshot*, hubristic, know it all*, lordly, nervy, overconfident, overweening, positive, presumptuous, self… …

    New thesaurus

  • 15 cocksure — adjective Etymology: probably from 1cock + sure Date: 1608 1. feeling perfect assurance sometimes on inadequate grounds 2. marked by overconfidence or presumptuousness ; cocky …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 cocksure — adjective too confident; overconfident …

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  • 17 cocksure — Synonyms and related words: arrogant, assured, certain, confident, convinced, decided, determined, hubristic, overconfident, oversure, overweening, persuaded, poised, pompous, positive, proud, reassured, secure, self assured, self confident, self …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 cocksure — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. [self ]confident, sure of oneself. See certainty. Ant., insecure, timid. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. confident, self assured, unblinking, unflinching, sure, positive, certain, cocky, arrogant,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 cocksure — cock|sure [ kak ʃur, kak,ʃur ] adjective INFORMAL very confident in an annoying way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 cocksure — adj. excessively confident …

    English contemporary dictionary