- This is a mainly American term for a cock, one that has sometimes been applied to a man who is cocky, or vain.The occasional instances of vocative use that come to light, however, appear to be reasonably flattering. In George Meredith’s Henry Richmond an older man calls a younger ‘you young rooster’, while Sinclair Lewis, in Babbitt, has his hero say to a friend: ‘Say, W.A., old rooster, it comes over me that I could stand it if we didn’t go back to the lovin’ wives, this handsome Abend’ See also Cock.
A dictionary of epithets and terms of address . Leslie Dunkling . 2015.