Cockney

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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Adjective[edit]

Cockney (not comparable)

  1. From the East End of London, or London generally

Noun[edit]

Cockney (plural Cockneys)

  1. (UK) Any Londoner.
  2. (UK ) A Londoner born within earshot of the city's Bow Bells, or (now generically) any working-class Londoner.

Proper noun[edit]

Cockney

  1. The dialect or accent of such Londoners.

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