cock

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English cok, from Old English coc, cocc (cock, male bird), from Proto-Germanic *kukkaz (cock), probably of onomatopoeic origin. Cognate with Old Norse kokkr ("cock"; whence Danish kok (cock)). Reinforced by Old French coc, also of imitative origin.

Noun[edit]

cock (plural cocks)

  1. A male bird, especially a domestic fowl.
    1. A male chicken or other gallinaceous bird.
    2. A male pigeon.
  2. A valve or tap for controlling flow in plumbing.
  3. The hammer of a firearm trigger mechanism.
  4. The notch of an arrow or crossbow.
  5. (slang, vulgar) The penis.
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 181
    • 1991, Dennis Cooper, Frisk
    • 2001, Carlton Mellick III, Satan Burger
  6. (curling) The circle at the end of the rink.
  7. The state of being cocked; an upward turn, tilt or angle.
  8. (UK, New Zealand, pejorative, slang) A stupid person.
  9. (informal, UK, Tasmania) An informal term of address.
    All right, cock?
  10. A boastful tilt of one's head or hat
  11. (informal) shuttlecock
  12. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock.
    • Shakespeare
      Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!
  13. (dated, humorous) A chief man; a leader or master.
    • Addison
      Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left us.
  14. The crow of a cock, especially the first crow in the morning; cockcrow.
    • Shakespeare
      He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
  15. The style or gnomon of a sundial.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chambers to this entry?)
  16. The indicator of a balance.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  17. The bridge piece that affords a bearing for the pivot of a balance in a clock or watch.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

cock (third-person singular simple present cocks, present participle cocking, simple past and past participle cocked)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To lift the cock of a firearm; to prepare (a gun) to be fired.
    • Byron
      Cocked, fired, and missed his man.
  2. (intransitive) To be prepared to be triggered by having the cock lifted.
    In the darkness, the gun cocked loudly.
  3. (transitive) To erect; to turn up.
    • Gay
      Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Dick would cock his nose in scorn.
  4. (UK, transitive, slang) To copulate with.
  5. (transitive) To turn or twist something upwards or to one side; to lift or tilt (e.g. headwear) boastfully.
    He cocked his hat jauntily.
  6. (intransitive, dated) To turn (the eye) obliquely and partially close its lid, as an expression of derision or insinuation.
  7. (intransitive, dated) To strut; to swagger; to look big, pert, or menacing.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To make a nestle-cock of, to pamper or spoil (of children)
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Interjection[edit]

cock

  1. (slang) Expression of annoyance.
    • 2006, "Vamp", oh cock i should have kept with a toyota! (on newsgroup uk.rec.cars.modifications)

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English cock, cok, from Old English -cocc (attested in place names), from Old Norse kǫkkr (lump), from Proto-Germanic *kukkaz (bulge, swelling), from Proto-Indo-European *geugh- (swelling). Cognate with Norwegian kok (heap, lump), Swedish koka (a lump of earth), German Kocke (heap of hay, dunghill), Middle Low German kogge (wide, rounded ship), Dutch kogel (ball), German Kugel (ball, globe).

Noun[edit]

cock (plural cocks)

  1. A small conical pile of hay.
    The farmhands stack the hay into cocks
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cock (third-person singular simple present cocks, present participle cocking, simple past and past participle cocked)

  1. (transitive) To form into piles.
    • Spenser
      Under the cocked hay.
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Etymology 3[edit]

from Old French coque (a type of small boat), from child-talk coco 'egg'

Noun[edit]

cock (plural cocks)

  1. Short for cock-boat, a type of small boat.
    • Shakespeare
      Yond tall anchoring bark [appears] / Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy / Almost too small for sight.

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Proper noun[edit]

cock

  1. (obsolete) A corruption of the word God, used in oaths.
    • Shakespeare
      By cock and pie.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.