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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kok-shoo r, -shur]
    • /ˈkɒkˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/
    • /ˌkɒkˈʃɔːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kok-shoo r, -shur]
    • /ˈkɒkˈʃʊər, -ˈʃɜr/

Definitions of cocksure word

  • adjective cocksure Someone who is cocksure is so confident and sure of their abilities that they annoy other people. 3
  • adjective cocksure overconfident; arrogant 3
  • adjective cocksure absolutely sure or certain 3
  • adjective cocksure sure or self-confident in a stubborn or overbearing way 3
  • adjective cocksure 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. 1
  • adjective cocksure too certain; overconfident: He was so cocksure he would win the election that he didn't even bother to campaign. 1

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Origin of cocksure

First appearance:

before 1510
One of the 26% oldest English words
First recorded in 1510-20; cock1 + sure

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Parts of speech for Cocksure


cocksure popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for cocksure

adj cocksure

  • arrogant — Someone who is arrogant behaves in a proud, unpleasant way towards other people because they believe that they are more important than others.
  • brash — If you describe someone or their behaviour as brash, you disapprove of them because you think that they are too confident and aggressive.
  • certain — If you are certain about something, you firmly believe it is true and have no doubt about it. If you are not certain about something, you do not have definite knowledge about it.
  • cocky — Someone who is cocky is so confident and sure of their abilities that they annoy other people.
  • conceited — If you say that someone is conceited, you are showing your disapproval of the fact that they are far too proud of their abilities or achievements.

adjective cocksure

  • confident — If you are confident about something, you are certain that it will happen in the way you want it to.
  • overconfident — too confident.
  • self-assured — self-confident.
  • self-confident — realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
  • cavalier — If you describe a person or their behaviour as cavalier, you are criticizing them because you think that they do not consider other people's feelings or take account of the seriousness of a situation.

Antonyms for cocksure

adj cocksure

  • diffident — lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.
  • modest — having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.

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