cock

Cock is most often used to refer to either birds or guns. A cock is a rooster, but it's also the hammer on a gun that you adjust so you can fire it.

You might hear the word cock used to mean "penis," but that's a vulgar form of the word, so be sure you're in the right company if you opt to use it. A cock is a male bird, particularly a rooster. When you cock a gun, you raise its cock to make it ready for firing. When you cock something in a certain direction, you are tilting it that way.

Definitions of cock
  1. noun
    adult male chicken
    synonyms: rooster
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    types:
    cockerel
    a young domestic cock; not older than one year
    type of:
    Gallus gallus, chicken
    a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
  2. noun
    adult male bird
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    types:
    fighting cock, gamecock
    a cock bred and trained for fighting
    type of:
    bird
    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
  3. verb
    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    synonyms: prance, ruffle, sashay, strut, swagger, tittup
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  4. verb
    set the trigger of a firearm back for firing
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  5. noun
    the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
    synonyms: hammer
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    type of:
    striker
    the part of a mechanical device that strikes something
  6. noun
    faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
    synonyms: stopcock, turncock
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    type of:
    faucet, spigot
    a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
  7. verb
    tilt or slant to one side
    cock one's head”
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    type of:
    cant, cant over, pitch, slant, tilt
    heel over
  8. noun
    obscene terms for penis
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