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Etymology 1[edit]

From cockle +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of cockle

Etymology 2[edit]

From cock +‎ -ling.


cockling (plural cocklings)

  1. A young, small, or immature cock.
    • 1725, Sir Philip Sidney, The works of the Honourable Sir Philip Sidney:
      These cocklings cocker'd we bewail too late, When that we see our off-spring gaily bent, Women manwood, and men effeminate.
    • 1858, The Knickerbocker: or, New-York monthly magazine - Volume 54 - Page 521:
      Take warning in time, cocklings; look sharp — but not in this direction, if you please.'
    • 1920, The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography - Volume 44 - Page 74:
      'That ere our pretty Cocklings learn to crow, To pamper Lust they must to Market go?