cock

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English[edit]

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A cock (1)

Pronunciation[edit]

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 Middle Dutch cocke (cock, male bird) and Old Norse kokkr ("cock"; whence Danish kok (cock), dialectal Swedish kokk (cock)). Reinforced by Old French coc, also of imitative origin. The sense "penis" is attested since at least the 1610s, with the compound pillicock (penis) attested since 1325.

Noun[edit]

cock (countable and uncountable, plural cocks)

  1. A male bird, especially:
    1. A rooster: a male gallinaceous bird, especially a male domestic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus).
    2. A cock 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. (colloquial, vulgar) The penis.
  6. (curling) The circle at the end of the rink.
  7. The state of being cocked; an upward turn, tilt or angle.
  8. (Britain, New Zealand, derogatory, slang) A stupid person.
  9. (Britain, derogatory, slang, uncountable) Nonsense; rubbish.
    • 1956, William Golding, Pincher Martin:
      "You used to talk an awful lot of cock."
    • 2013, M. J. Trow, Swearing Like A Trooper: Rude Slang of World War Two:
      That Hitler's armies can't be beat is just a load of cock, / For Marshal Timoshenko's boys are pissing through von Bock []
  10. (informal, Britain, Tasmania) Term of address.
    All right, cock?
  11. A boastful tilt of one's head or hat.
  12. (informal) shuttlecock
  13. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock.
  14. (dated, humorous) A chief man; a leader or master.
  15. The crow of a cock, especially the first crow in the morning; cockcrow.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 3, Scene 4, 1821, The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare, page 159,
      This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: he begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock;
  16. The style or gnomon of a sundial.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chambers to this entry?)
  17. The indicator of a balance.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  18. 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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Descendants[edit]
  • Sranan Tongo: kaka
  • Tok Pisin: kok
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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 or crossbow; to prepare (a gun or crossbow) to be fired.
    • 1812', Lord Byron, The Waltz
      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.
    • 1720, John Gay, Thursday: Or, The Spell
      Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears.
    • 1728, Jonathan Swift, A Dialogue Between Mad Mullinix and Timothy
      Dick would cock his nose in scorn.
  4. (Britain, 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.
  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]

Uncertain. Some authors speculate it derives from cockle, a yonic fertility symbol,[1] others suggested it entered Southern US vernacular during the period of French rule (of Louisiana) from Cajun French coquille (shell) (itself the source of cockle), which in 18th and 19th century slang meant the vulva.[2]

Noun[edit]

cock (plural cocks)

  1. (dated in the Southern US, still sometimes found in African-American Vernacular) Vulva, vagina. [since at least the 1920s; less common after the 1960s]
    • c. 1920-1960, Rufus George Perryman (Speckled Red), quoted by Elijah Wald, The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama:
      Born in the canebrake and you were suckled by a bear,
      Jumped right through your mammy's cock and never touched a hair.
    • 1949 March 2, Mrs. H. K. of Camden, Missouri, quoted by Vance Randolph, Unprintable Ozark Folksongs and Folklore: Roll me in your arms, Volume 1:
      I've got a girl in Castle Rock,
      She wears a moustache on her cock.
    • 1998, Scarface, Fuck Faces (song):
      I stuck my fist up in her cock, she didn't budge or move it.
    • 2010, Vildred C. Tucker-Dawson, A Journey Back in Time: My Story Book:
      She smelled like she was on her period and hadn't changed pads. On ah many occasions I heard men say her cock smelled through her clothing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elijah Wald, The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama
  2. ^ Vance Randolph, Unprintable Ozark Folksongs and Folklore: Roll me in your arms, Volume 1: "cock [...] is a southernism [...] where a northerner would say, or expect, cunt. This confusing usage originated during the French domination of the U. S. south; it comes from the French term, [...] coquille, cockleshell, for the vagina"; the work has examples from as early as 1927

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English cokke, 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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To form into piles.
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Etymology 4[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

cock (plural cocks)

  1. Abbreviation of cock-boat, a type of small boat.

Etymology 5[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

cock

  1. (obsolete) A corruption of the word God, used in oaths.

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.
(See the entry for cock in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)