cockney

noun cock·ney \ ˈkäk-nē \

Definition of cockney

plural cockneys
1 obsolete
a : a spoiled child
b : a squeamish woman
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

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Origin and Etymology of cockney

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


COCKNEY Defined for English Language Learners

cockney

noun

Definition of cockney for English Language Learners

  • : a person from the East End of London

  • : the way of speaking that is typical of cockneys


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