cockneys

cockney

[kok-nee]
noun, plural cockneys.
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of the East End district of London, England, traditionally, one born and reared within the sound of Bow bells.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the pronunciation or dialect of cockneys.
3.
Obsolete.
a.
a pampered child.
b.
a squeamish, affected, or effeminate person.
adjective
4.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or pertaining to cockneys or their dialect.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English cokeney foolish person, literally, cock's egg (i.e., malformed egg), equivalent to coken, genitive plural of cok cock1 + ey, Old English æg; cognate with German Ei, Old Norse egg egg

cockneyish, adjective
cockneyishly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To cockneys
Collins
World English Dictionary
cockney (ˈkɒknɪ)
 
n
1.  (often capital) a native of London, esp of the working class born in the East End, speaking a characteristic dialect of English. Traditionally defined as someone born within the sound of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow church
2.  the urban dialect of London or its East End
3.  (Austral) a young snapper fish
 
adj
4.  characteristic of cockneys or their dialect of English
 
[C14: from cokeney, literally: cock's egg, later applied contemptuously to townsmen, from cokene, genitive plural of cokcock1 + eyegg1]
 
'cockneyish
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

cockney
c.1600, from M.E. cokenei "spoiled child, milksop," orig. cokene-ey "cock's egg" (mid-14c.). Most likely disentangling of the etymology is to start from O.E. cocena "cock's egg" -- genitive plural of coc "cock" + æg "egg" -- medieval term for "runt of a clutch," extended derisively c.1520s to "town
dweller," gradually narrowing thereafter to residents of a particular neighborhood in the East End of London. The accent so called from 1890, but speech peculiarities were noted from 17c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature