be cocksure


be cocksure
to be quite certain, to be self-confident

Soames' gorge rose. "You seem very cocksure," he said; "my nephew has by no means made up his mind." (J. Galsworthy)

Jim Nelson studied him. "Now come you're so cocksure?" (D. Carter)

Had people ever been as nasty, as self-indulgent, as dull, as miserable, as cocksure, as bad at art, as dismally ludicrous or as wrong as they'd been in the Middle Ages? (K. Amis)

"Perhaps that'll teach you not to be so cocksure another time, my young friend," said Ramsay as he took the note. (W. S. Maugham)


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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