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First attested in Samuel Rowland's 1600 The Letting of Humours Blood in the Head-Vaine as "a Bowe-bell Cockney", from Middle English cokenay (a spoiled child; a milksop, an effeminate man), used in the 16th c. by English country folk as a term of disparagement for city dwellers, of uncertain etymology. Possibly from Middle English cokeney (a small, misshapen egg), from coken (cock's) + ey (egg) or from Cockney and Cocknay, variants of Cockaigne, a mythical land of luxury (first attested in 1305) eventually used as a humorous epithet of London. Compare cocker (to spoil a child).



Cockney (not comparable)

  1. From the East End of London.


Cockney (plural Cockneys)

  1. (UK, pejorative, obsolete slang) Any Londoner.
  2. (UK, pejorative, archaic slang) Any Londoner from Cheapside in London's East End, (now generically) any poor or working-class Londoner.

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  1. (chiefly historical) The traditional dialect or accent of such Londoners, now usually considered blent into Estuary English.

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