cockney

noun
cock·​ney | \ ˈkäk-nē How to pronounce cockney (audio) \
plural cockneys

Definition of cockney

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

Other Words from cockney

cockney adjective
cockneyfy \ ˈkäk-​ni-​ˌfī How to pronounce cockney (audio) \ transitive verb
cockneyish \ ˈkäk-​nē-​ish How to pronounce cockney (audio) \ adjective
cockneyism \ ˈkäk-​nē-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce cockney (audio) \ noun

Examples of cockney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Distributing tarts the traditional way, in a wicker basket carried by a theater student doing a heavy cockney accent, was deemed unsanitary by festival leadership. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway hit about an English professor who teaches a cockney merchant to be a lady. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cockney

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cockney

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

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“Cockney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockney. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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cockney

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cockney

: a person from the East End of London
: the way of speaking that is typical of cockneys

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