cockney

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noun cock·ney \ˈkäk-nē\

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 and Etymology 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


COCKNEY Defined for English Language Learners

cockney

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noun cock·ney \ˈkäk-nē\

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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