cock

Definitions

  • First Cock Sparrow
    First Cock Sparrow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cock set the trigger of a firearm back for firing
    • v cock tilt or slant to one side "cock one's head"
    • v cock to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house"
    • n cock adult male bird
    • n cock adult male chicken
    • n cock the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
    • n cock faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
    • n cock obscene terms for penis
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

THE SPARROW, COCK ROBIN, AND THE FISH THE SPARROW, COCK ROBIN, AND THE FISH
THE LINNET, THE DOVE, AND COCK ROBIN THE LINNET, THE DOVE, AND COCK ROBIN
THE KITE AND COCK ROBIN THE KITE AND COCK ROBIN
SIGHING AND SOBBING FOR POOR COCK ROBIN SIGHING AND SOBBING FOR POOR COCK ROBIN
THE COCK, THE HEN, AND THE CHICKENS THE COCK, THE HEN, AND THE CHICKENS
RIDE A COCK-HORSE RIDE A COCK-HORSE
Cock a doodle doo Cock a doodle doo
A Cocked Hat A Cocked Hat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can tell how a rabbit is feeling (emotion-wise) through the position of its ears. If the ears are standing tall, pointing forward, the rabbit is happy and curious. If the ears are laid completely flat on its back and are pointing backwards, the rabbit is more than likely pissed off or frightened. If one ear is halfway up and somewhat cocked towards you, and the other one is standing compeltely up, but facing away from you, then the rabbit is confused, and curious as to what the heck you're doing.
    • Cock A chief man; a leader or master. "Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left us."
    • n Cock A corruption or disguise of the word God, used in oaths. "By cock and pie."
    • Cock A faucet or valve.
    • Cock a penis.
    • n Cock A small boat. "Yond tall anchoring bark [appears
      Diminished to her cock ; her cock , a buoy
      Almost too small for sight."
    • n Cock A small concial pile of hay.
    • Cock A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock. "Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks !"
    • n Cock The act of cocking; also, the turn so given; as, a cock of the eyes; to give a hat a saucy cock .
    • Cock The bridge piece which affords a bearing for the pivot of a balance in a clock or watch.
    • Cock The crow of a cock, esp. the first crow in the morning; cockcrow. "He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock ."
    • Cock The hammer in the lock of a firearm.
    • Cock The indicator of a balance.
    • Cock The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or domestic fowls.
    • Cock The notch of an arrow or crossbow.
    • Cock The style of gnomon of a dial.
    • v. i Cock To draw back the hammer of a firearm, and set it for firing. "Cocked , fired, and missed his man."
    • v. t Cock To draw the hammer of (a firearm) fully back and set it for firing.
    • v. t Cock To put into cocks or heaps, as hay. "Under the cocked hay."
    • Cock To set erect; to turn up. "Our Lightfoot barks, and cocks his ears.""Dick would cock his nose in scorn."
    • Cock To set on one side in a pert or jaunty manner. "They cocked their hats in each other's faces."
    • Cock To shape, as a hat, by turning up the brim.
    • v. i Cock To strut; to swagger; to look big, pert, or menacing.
    • Cock To turn (the eye) obliquely and partially close its lid, as an expression of derision or insinuation.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cock The male of the domestic fowl; specifically, a male chicken one year old or older, one less than a year old being properly called a cockerel. The cock is celebrated for his lordly demeanor, his pugnacity, and his crowing before dawn or in token of victory.
    • n cock The male of any other bird, particularly of the gallinaceous kind: in this use especially in composition, as in peacock, turkey-cock, cockrobin, cock-sparrow, etc.
    • n cock A bird, particularly a gallinaceous bird, without reference to sex: usually in composition or with a distinctive epithet or qualifying phrase, as in blackcock, logcock, woodcock, and the phrasal names below.
    • n cock Cock-crowing; the time when cocks crow in the morning.
    • n cock A leader; a chief person; a ruling spirit: as, cock of the school.
    • n cock A fellow; chap: a familiar term of address or appellation, usually preceded by old, and used much in the same way as fellow, chap, boy, etc.
    • n cock A vane in the shape of a cock; a weather-cock.
    • n cock A faucet or turn-valve, contrived for the purpose of permitting or arresting the flow of fluids or air through a pipe, usually taking its special name from its peculiar use or construction: as, air-cock, feed-cock, gage-cock, etc.
    • n cock The portion of the lock of a firearm which by its fall, when released through the action of the trigger, produces the discharge; in a flint-lock, the part that holds the flint; in a percussion-lock, the hammer.
    • n cock In a firearm, the position into which the hammer is brought by being pulled back to the first or second catch. See at full cock, at half cock, below.
    • n cock The style or gnomon of a dial.
    • n cock The needle of a balance.
    • n cock The piece which forms the bearing of the balance in a clock or watch.
    • n cock Same as cockee.
    • n cock A fictitious narrative, in verse or prose, sold in the streets as a true account; a cock-and-bull story; a canard.
    • cock To raise or draw back the cock or hammer of (a gun or pistol), as a preliminary to firing: as, he cocked his rifle.
    • cock To set cocks to fighting, or to train them for fighting.
    • cock To turn up or to one side in a jaunty or significant way; give a pert, knowing, or inquiring turn to: as, to cock the head; to cock the eye at a person; to cock the brim of a hat; the horse cocked up his ears.
    • cock To hold up the head; look big, pert, or domineering.
    • cock The act of turning up or to one side in a jaunty or significant way, as the head or a hat; the position of anything thus placed.
    • cock A particular shape given to a hat, especially by turning up and fastening the brim.
    • cock One of the flaps or parts of a hat turned up. See flap.
    • n cock A small conical pile of hay, so shaped for shedding rain; a haycock.
    • cock In hay-making, to put into cocks or piles.
    • n cock A small boat; a cockboat; a skiff.
    • n cock A nock or notch, especially that in the butt-end of an arrow, or on the stock of a crossbow, which receives or retains the string.
    • cock To fight; contend.
    • n cock Fight.
    • cock A variant of calk.
    • n cock A cockle.
    • cock To pamper; cocker.
    • n cock Scarlet.
    • n cock A perversion of or substitution for the word God, occurring in oaths, such as “(By) cock's body” (bones, wounds, nouns, etc.), “by cock and pye,” etc. Compare gog in similar use.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cock kok the male of birds, particularly of the domestic fowl: the time of cock-crowing: a weathercock: a plucky chap, a term of familiarity, as 'Old cock:' a strutting chief or leader: anything set erect: a tap for liquor: part of the lock of a gun, held back by a spring, which, when released by the trigger, produces the discharge
    • v.t Cock to set erect or upright: to set up, as the hat: to draw back the cock of a gun: to turn up to one side: to tilt up knowingly, inquiringly, or scornfully
    • v.i Cock to strut: to swagger
    • adj Cock prancing, proud
    • adv Cock properly a-cock-horse = on cock-horse, on horseback: exultingly
    • n Cock kok a small pile of hay
    • n Cock kok (Shak.) a cock-boat. Now Cock-boat.
    • Cock perversion of the word God
    • ***

Quotations

  • Heinrich Heine
    Heinrich%20Heine
    “The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    Publilius%20Syrus
    “A cock has great influence on his own dunghill.”

Idioms

Cock a snook - To make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers outstretched.
***
Cock and bull story - A cock and bull story is a lie someone tells that is completely unbelievable.
***
Cock in the henhouse - This is used to describe a male in an all-female environment.
***
Cock of the walk - A man who is excessively confident and thinks he's better than other people is the cock of the walk.
***
Knock into a cocked hat - If you knock something or someone into a cocked hat, you are much better.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of. coque, F. coche, a small vessel, L. concha, muscle shell, a vessel. See Coach, and cf. Cog a small boat

Usage

In literature:

Then a great number of cocks that were pecking about the place came running and began to pick up the corn.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
A vane index with pointers to tell the changes of the wind without referring to the weather-cock.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Natt's eyes were a shade hazy at the moment, but he was cock-sure of what he saw.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
As the auld cock craws the young cock learns.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
And immediately a cock crowed.
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various
The Rich Man cocked his head on one side.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The turkey-cock slept on the beam, and the saddle rested in the empty crib.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The cock closes one eye, and is lost in meditation.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
No, the yard cock is really a cock!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The education of their cocks costs both much pains, often more than that of their sons.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
The cover is perforated for a branched tube carrying a vent cock, a manometer, and a safety valve.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
That cock won't fight.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
How glad I am that we had that nice dry house made for the cow this summer, and the new place for the cocks and hens!
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
One end of it was partitioned off for their fighting cocks.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
COCK, game, natural selection in, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Cocking his gun, he strode some twenty paces into the open, paused, and took a long, deliberate aim.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Mrs. Feathertop rose up out of her swoon, and Mr. Gray Cock was greatly enraged.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Cock and bull story explained, 414.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Hardly any price would tempt a real lover of cock-shooting, in a cocking country, to part with such a team.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
An old cock and some other fowls were kept in the courtyard, where they raked among the filth of the place all day long.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
***

In poetry:

Tum-ti-tum,
Ti-tum-tum-tum!
The turkey-cock's tail
Spreads to the sun.
"Ploughing On Sunday" by Wallace Stevens
I have a gentil cock
croweth me day
he doth me risen early
my matins for to stay
"I Have A Gentil Cock" by Anonymous British
The white cock's tail
Streams to the moon.
Water in the fields.
The wind pours down.
"Ploughing On Sunday" by Wallace Stevens
I have a gentil cock
comen he is of great
his comb is of red coral
his tail is of jet
"I Have A Gentil Cock" by Anonymous British
The white cock's tail
Tosses in the wind.
The turkey-cock's tail
Glitters in the sun.
"Ploughing On Sunday" by Wallace Stevens
Early when cocks do crow
Ere the stars dwindle,
Down to the hearth I go,
Fire must I kindle.
"The Forsaken Maiden" by Eduard Morike

In news:

N In Cocke County, the historic Wolf Creek Bridge on US 25/70 over the French Broad River is closed to through traffic due to a bridge rehabilitation project.
"Arf a cock linnet" is cockney rhyming slang for "half a minute".
Each snapping shrimp has one oversized claw that cocks open while a muscle inside the claw pulls taut like the spring of a mousetrap.
* There are nebbishes and cranks and control freaks and neurotics and even — we hear — some people who could be described as Total Cocks.
Does Adelitas Way get within one win of entering the Rock Cock hall of fame or does Taproot end their run.
Felisha Chase cocked an ear.
Drunk people aren't quitters though, just check out this cocked British dude fight the current.
It's gives new meaning to "rock out with you cock out".
Except, this time, he's joined by AARP-eligible colleagues Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis in a waxworks tableau of retro explosions, cigar toasts, and cock-rock anthems.
A well-timed sip of wine with eyebrows cocked.
A rooster's 'cock-a-doodle-do' trumpets across the misty green hills and hollows of White Oak Farm.
Roger Reynolds displays a cock/male wood duck shot October 2009.
Police find cocked and loaded handgun in pocket of older youth.
Almost 70 years later, Cocke now being treated for PTSD.
It's certainly not over-over, but with the passage of the Dec 4 nudity ban , anyone sans clothing in San Francisco has either been cock-blocked or declared a vagina non grata.
***

In science:

Klein, G., Elphinstone, K., Heiser, G., Andronick, J., Cock, D., Derrin, P., Elkaduwe, D., Engelhardt, K., Kolanski, R., Norrish, M., Sewell, T., Tuch, H., Winwood, S.: seL4: Formal verification of an OS kernel.
A Wiki for Mizar: Motivation, Considerations, and Initial Prototype
***