cock

cock
1 noun
1 CHICKEN (C) especially BrE an adult male chicken; rooster AmE
-see also: cock-a-doodle-doo
2 SEX ORGAN (C) taboo a penis
3 cock and bull story a story or excuse that is silly and unlikely but is told as if it were true: She gave me some cock and bull story about the dog eating her homework.
4 CONTROL FLOW (C) something that controls the flow of liquid out of a pipe or container; tap 1 (1)
-see also: ballcock, stopcock
5 MALE BIRD (C) an adult male bird of any kind: a cock robin
6 MAN (C) BrE old-fashioned a word used by a man when talking to another man he knows well.
7 cock of the walk old-fashioned if you describe someone as behaving like the cock of the walk, they are behaving as if they were better or more important than other people
-see also: half cocked half 2 (11) 2 verb (T)
1 to lift a part of your body so that it is upright, or hold a part of your body at an angle: Paul cocked his head to one side as he considered my idea. | The little dog cocked a leg against the lamppost and urinated.
2 to pull back the hammer 1 (5) of a gun so that it is ready to be fired
3 to put your hat on at an angle; tilt 1 (1)
4 keep an ear cocked informal to pay close attention because you want to be sure you hear something you expect or think may happen: She kept an ear cocked for the sound of Joe's key in the front door.
5 cock a snook BrE informal to show clearly that you do not respect someone or something
(+ at): The artist cocked a snook at the critics by exhibiting an empty frame. cock sth up phrasal verb (T) BrE informal to spoil something such as an arrangement or plans, especially by making a stupid mistake: His secretary really cocked up his travelling schedule and he's furious about it. -see also: cock-up

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Cock — (k[o^]k), n. [AS. coc; of unknown origin, perh. in imitation of the cry of the cock. Cf. {Chicken}.] 1. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or domestic fowls. [1913 Webster] 2. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock E.S.P. — Cock E.S.P. is a US American band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group draws on the most extreme, subversive and absurdist elements of both popular and experimental Twentieth century music and performance art, creating abstract high energy… …   Wikipedia

  • Cock — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: André de Cock (1880–1964), belgischer Philatelist Edward Cock (1805–1892), britischer Chirurg Hendrik de Cock (1801–1842), reformierter Theologe Hieronymus Cock (1510–1570), niederländischer Verleger Jan… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cock — Cock, n. [It. cocca notch of an arrow.] 1. The notch of an arrow or crossbow. [1913 Webster] 2. The hammer in the lock of a firearm. [1913 Webster] {At cock}, {At full cock}, with the hammer raised and ready to fire; said of firearms, also,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cock´i|ly — cock|y1 «KOK ee», adjective, cock|i|er, cock|i|est. Informal. saucy and conceited; cocksure; arrogant: »That bully is a cocky little fellow. SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock|y — cock|y1 «KOK ee», adjective, cock|i|er, cock|i|est. Informal. saucy and conceited; cocksure; arrogant: »That bully is a cocky little fellow. SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock — ► NOUN 1) a male bird, especially of a domestic fowl. 2) vulgar slang a man s penis. 3) Brit. informal nonsense. 4) a firing lever in a gun which can be raised to be released by the trigger. 5) a stopcock. ► VERB 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • Cock — (k[o^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cocked} (k[o^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cocking}.] [Cf. Gael. coc to cock.] 1. To set erect; to turn up. [1913 Webster] Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears. Gay. [1913 Webster] Dick would cock his nose in scorn.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — Cock, n. [Of. coque, F. coche, a small vessel, L. concha muscle shell, a vessel. See {Coach}, and cf. {Cog} a small boat.] A small boat. [1913 Webster] Yond tall anchoring bark [appears] Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cock — Cock, n. The act of cocking; also, the turn so given; as, a cock of the eyes; to give a hat a saucy cock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cock-up — n BrE spoken informal something that has been spoiled by someone s stupid mistake or by being done badly ▪ He s made a monumental cock up of his first assignment. cock up over ▪ There s been a cock up over the tickets for the football on Saturday …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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