Meaning of COCK in English

COCK

/ kɒk; NAmE kɑːk/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

( BrE ) (also roost·er NAmE , BrE ) [ C ] an adult male chicken :

The cock crowed.

—compare hen

2.

[ C ] (especially in compounds) a male of any other bird :

a cock pheasant

—see also peacock

3.

[ C ] ( taboo , slang ) a penis

4.

[ C ] = stopcock

—see also ballcock

5.

[ sing. ] ( old-fashioned , BrE , slang ) used as a friendly form of address between men

—see also half-cock

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

to raise a part of your body so that it is vertical or at an angle :

The dog cocked its leg by every tree on our route (= in order to urinate ) .

He cocked an inquisitive eyebrow at her.

She cocked her head to one side and looked at me.

The dog stood listening, its ears cocked.

2.

cock a gun / pistol / rifle to raise the hammer on a gun so that it is ready to fire

IDIOMS

- cock an ear / eye at sth/sb

- cock a snook at sb/sth

PHRASAL VERBS

- cock sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English cocc , from medieval Latin coccus ; reinforced in Middle English by Old French coq .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.