Synonyms for cocked

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The Road-Runner balanced on his slender legs and cocked his head trailwise.

Make it so's he can wear his uniform and a cocked hat and a sword.

At length he cocked his ears and galloped off into the pines, as another Blackbear appeared.

I'll do it if the beadle follows in his cocked hat; not else.

With this hurried adjuration, he cocked his blunderbuss, and stood on the offensive.

He knelt there motionless, a cocked pistol clenched in his right hand.

I made a step backward, drew one of my pistols from my pocket, and cocked it.

His wife, too, seemed to avoid my eye, and cocked her chin at me when she spoke.

Now that idea had been knocked into a cocked hat, and my intellect had been knocked with it.

He was in cocked hat and with sword, and the sword of state was carried upright before him.

WORD ORIGIN

"male chicken," Old English cocc "male bird," Old French coc (12c., Modern French coq), Old Norse kokkr, all of echoic origin. Old English cocc was a nickname for "one who strutted like a cock," thus a common term in the Middle Ages for a pert boy, used of scullions, apprentices, servants, etc.

A common personal name till c.1500, it was affixed to Christian names as a pet diminutive, e.g. Wilcox, Hitchcock, etc. Slang sense of "penis" is attested since 1610s (but cf. pillicock "penis," from c.1300); cock-teaser is from 1891. A cocker spaniel (1823) was trained to start woodcocks. Cock-and-bull is first recorded 1620s, perhaps an allusion to Aesop's fables, with their incredible talking animals, or to a particular story, now forgotten. French has parallel expression coq-à-l'âne.

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