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cockney

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noun, cock·ney \ˈkäk-nē\

Simple Definition of cockney

  • : a person from the East End of London

  • : the way of speaking that is typical of cockneys

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cockney

plural cockneys

  1. 1 obsolete a :  a spoiled child b :  a squeamish woman

  2. 2 often capitalized a :  a native of London and especially of the East End of London b :  the dialect of London or of the East End of London

cockney adjective
cockneyfy play \ˈkäk-ni-ˌfī\ transitive verb
cockneyish play \-nē-ish\ adjective
cockneyism play \-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Origin of cockney

Middle English cokeney, literally, cocks' egg, from coken (genitive plural of cok cock) + ey egg, from Old English ǣg


First Known Use: 14th century

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