His friends were safely known by the Polish versions of Toothy, Hoppy, conky, Baldy, Whitey, Carrot Top and Chopper.
Marjorie is certainly less overwhelming in her hospitality, and conky less prodigal of song.
I don't mind being called 'conky,' as you know, but it was rather trying to hear him say, 'I hope his nose has stopped growing.'
There are some men whose patronymics are swallowed up in their nicknames, and my friend "conky" is one of these.
conky sighed, but added more hopefully, "Anyhow, I'm sure Marjorie will rise to the occasion."
as in conk out, 1918, coined by World War I airmen, perhaps in imitation of the sound of a stalling motor, reinforced by conk (v.) "hit on the head," originally "punch in the nose" (1821), from conk (n.), slang for "nose" (1812), perhaps from fancied resemblance to a conch (pronounced "conk") shell.
: I couldn't get over marveling at how their hair was straight and shiny like white men's hair; Ella told me this was called ''conk''
To apply a mixture sometimes containing lye to the head in order to straighten kinky hair
[1940s+ Black; probably fr Congolene, trademark of a preparation used to straighten hair, influenced by conk1]
To die; cease to operate; conk out: A year after that, a spinster aunt conked (WWI Royal Flying Corps)