coon's age

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An Americanism recorded in 1843 and probably related to the old English expression in a crow's age meaning the same.

Noun[edit]

a coon's age (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, US, colloquial) A very long time.
    Jarn hasn't seen Schnie in a coon's age.
    We've been waiting a coon's age for our damn food.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word coon may be considered racially pejorative in some communities, including that of African-Americans in the United States.

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997), page 168.[1]