Cockney

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Cockney relating to or resembling a cockney "Cockney street urchins"
    • adj cockney characteristic of Cockneys or their dialect "cockney vowels"
    • n cockney the nonstandard dialect of natives of the east end of London
    • n Cockney a native of the east end of London
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cockney A native or resident of the city of London, especially one living in the East End district; -- sometimes used contemptuously. "A cockney in a rural village was stared at as much as if he had entered a kraal of Hottentots."
    • Cockney An effeminate person; a spoilt child. "A young heir or cockney , that is his mother's darling.""This great lubber, the world, will prove a cockney ."
    • a Cockney Of or relating to, or like, cockneys.
    • Cockney the distinctive dialect of a cockney{2}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockney A spoiled child; hence, a foolish or effeminate person; a simpleton: often used as a term of reproach without a very clear signification.
    • n cockney In the following passages the meaning of the word is uncertain. It is conjectured to mean, in the first three, “a cock” or “a cook,” etc.; in the last, “a cook.”
    • n cockney A native or a permanent resident of London: used slightingly or by way of contempt, and generally with allusion to peculiarities of pronunciation or insularity or narrowness of views.
    • n cockney [capitalized] Same as Cockaigne, 2 (where see extract).
    • cockney Pertaining to or like cockneys or Londoners: as, cockney conceit; cockney speech.
    • cockney To pamper; fondle; cocker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cockney kok′ne (Shak.) an affected, effeminate person, knowing the manners of the town, but a stranger to what every child else knows: a townsman as opposed to a countryman: one born in London, but strictly in a particular part of London
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cocknay, cokenay, a spoiled child, effeminate person, an egg; prob. orig. a cock's egg, a small imperfect egg; OE. cok, cock + nay, neye, for ey, egg (cf. Newt), AS. æg,. See 1st Cock Egg (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. coken-ey, prob. lit. 'cock's egg;' cf. Fr. coco, an egg, a darling, a chap. Others would connect with Fr. coquin, a rogue—L. coquus, a cook.

Usage

In literature:

He is a cockney, brought up in the streets of a callous city.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
Behind him stood a belligerent little cockney.
"Hellhounds of the Cosmos" by Clifford Donald Simak
Personally, I would back the cockney spirit against any other.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
Another thing: When he spoke in public he used excellent English, and the cockney dialect entirely disappeared.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
She spoke with a very slight Cockney accent.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
With a true cockney accent she said that she lived in Mile End, and worked at a pickle factory.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
One of the men with whom he talked occasionally was a red-headed little cockney by the name of Shendish.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Hasten we, then, to the glorious tournament of the Cockneys.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
What was he saying, in the Cockney that cut like a knife through the thick gutturals of the Taal?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
For all she was a Cockney, hers was a simple soul, associating Peace with Good-will.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
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In poetry:

I'm from Yorkshire meself- aye;
These 'ere Cockneys don't know
There's a Tower here at all.
First of all, Sir, we come to the canteen
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
"It is the skylark come." For shame!
Robert-a-Cockney is thy name:
Robert-a-Field would surely know
That skylarks, bless them, never go!
"The Skylark" by Edith Nesbit
The Cockney Canuck from Toronto,
Whom Maple leaves hardly stick on to,
Made haste to enlist,
To fight the mailed fist,
When Canadian born didn't want to.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
And GILCHRIST, see, that great Gentoo
Professor, has a lot in town
of Cockney boys, who fag Hindoo,
And larn Jem-nasties at the U
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
She daurna leuk up she's sae doon i' the mouth:
Weel kens she the bodies that dwall in the South,
And specially the Cockneys, are lauchin' ilk ane
At her an' her sticket big humplock o' stane.
"Auld Scotland At The Abbey Craig In November, 1864" by Janet Hamilton
He was the prior of Saint Sophia
(A Cockney rhyme, but no better I know)—
Of St. Sophia, that Church in Kiow,
Built by missionaries I can't tell when;
Who by their discussions converted the Russians,
And made them Christian men.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Cockney mobsters rock 'n' roll in Mojo.
Edwards, the son of an East End longshoreman, was born in 1950 within the sound of the bells of St Mary le Bow Church, which made him a true Cockney.
S ir Ben Kingsley would be the perfect con man, the operator with a thousand accents: Israeli, German, Indian, Welsh, Cockney, Chicagoan, Transylvanian vampire.
BOLIVIA—Adorable orphans and pickpockets speakin' and singin' cockney-like have been raising the rehearsal-hall rafters of Brunswick Community College of late.
The eerie, uncannily similar-looking roommates of Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids character–who torment her with whinging Cockney accents and showing off infected tattoos–have made life imitate art.
A Cockney flower girl learns to speak the queen's English in this sharp skewering of class.
STEVE HARLEY AND COCKNEY REBEL Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) Mr Soft Sebastian Mr Raffles Loves A Prima Donna Tumbling Down Judy Teen Here Comes The Sun.
Writer James Moran on his FF twofer, 'Cockneys vs Zombies' and 'Tower Block'.
The most important form of communication is music -- a hard-beat, shouted form of rock called "oi" (after a Cockney greeting, skinheads having originated in Britain).
"Arf a cock linnet" is cockney rhyming slang for "half a minute".
'Cockneys vs Zombies' and ' Tower Block '.
Writer James Moran on his FF twofer, 'Cockneys vs Zombies' and ' Tower Block '.
The shop was in a working-class neighborhood, and young Vidal, dreaming of better things, took elocution lessons to rid himself of his cockney diction.
In the same song, she takes on the voice of Martha Zolanski, Roman 's mother, singing in a cartoon Cockney accent.
In her latest film, director/co-star Jodie Foster has Mel Gibson speaking almost exclusively in a Cockney accent — the "voice" of a beaver puppet.
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