Meaning of COCK in English

COCK

1. n. & v.

--n.

1. a a male bird, esp. of a domestic fowl. b a male lobster, crab, or salmon. c WOODCOCK.

2 Brit. sl. (usu. old cock as a form of address) a friend; a fellow.

3 coarse sl. the penis.

4 Brit. sl. nonsense.

Usage:

In senses 3, 4 usually considered a taboo word.

5 a a firing lever in a gun which can be raised to be released by the trigger. b the cocked position of this (at full cock).

6 a tap or valve controlling flow.

--v.tr.

1. raise or make upright or erect.

2 turn or move (the eye or ear) attentively or knowingly.

3 set aslant, or turn up the brim of (a hat).

4 raise the cock of (a gun).

Phrases and idioms:

at half cock only partly ready. cock-a-doodle-doo a cock's crow. cock-and-bull story an absurd or incredible account. cock crow dawn. cocked hat a brimless triangular hat pointed at the front, back, and top. cock-fight a fight between cocks as sport. cock-fighting this sport. cock-of-the-rock a S. American bird, Rupicola rupicola, having a crest and bright orange plumage. cock-of-the-walk a dominant or arrogant person. cock-of-the-wood

1. a capercaillie.

2 US a red-crested woodpecker.

cock-shy

1. a a target for throwing at with sticks, stones, etc. b a throw at this.

2 an object of ridicule or criticism. cock a snook see SNOOK(1).

cock sparrow

1. a male sparrow.

2 a lively quarrelsome person. cock up Brit. sl. bungle; make a mess of. cock-up n. Brit. sl. a muddle or mistake. knock into a cocked hat defeat utterly.

Etymology: OE cocc and OF coq prob. f. med.L coccus 2. n. & v.

--n. a small pile of hay, straw, etc. with vertical sides and a rounded top.

--v.tr. pile into cocks.

Etymology: ME, perh. of Scand. orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.