cockney

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cockney (plural cockneys)

  1. a native or inhabitant of parts of the East End of London
    • Macaulay
      A cockney in a rural village was stared at as much as if he had entered a kraal of Hottentots.
  2. the accent and speech mannerisms of these people
  3. (obsolete) An effeminate person; a spoilt child.
    • 1592, Nash
      a young heir or cockney, that is his mother's darling
    • Shakespeare
      This great lubber, the world, will prove a cockney.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Traditionally, applies only to those born within earshot of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside

Adjective[edit]

cockney

  1. of, or relating to these people or their accent

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