Mc·​Coy | \ mə-ˈkȯi How to pronounce McCoy (audio) \

Definition of McCoy

the real McCoy or less commonly the McCoy
: something or someone that is real or genuine : something or someone that is neither an imitation or a substitute Even though I knew it was useless I tried tugging at the bars but they were the real McCoy, solid steel.— Christopher Paul Curtis These men refused to talk, but their taciturn, disciplined, no-nonsense demeanor indicated that they were the real McCoy.— Bill Weinberg

First Known Use of McCoy

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for McCoy

alteration of Mackay (in the phrase the real Mackay), of unknown origin

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“McCoy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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