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Informal ConnotationPlay
Used in relaxed or informal settings, not suitable for formal occasions. SlideHis cocky remarks at the family dinner were amusing but inappropriate at the business meeting.
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Negative ImpressionPlay
While confidence is good, being cocky might make others view you negatively. SlideShe didn't get the job because her cocky attitude during the interview put off the employers.
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Cultural PerceptionsPlay
In some cultures, being cocky is especially frowned upon, seen as disrespectful. SlideDespite his skills, the cocky exchange student struggled to make friends due to his attitude.