- From the East End of London
- A native of the East End of London
- The dialect or accent of such natives
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n.; pl. Cockneys (-
n&ibreve;z). [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.] 1. An effeminate
person; a spoilt child. "A young heir or cockney,
that is his mother's darling." Nash (1592).
This great lubber, the world, will prove a
2. A native or resident of the city of
London; -- used contemptuously.
A cockney in a rural village was stared at
as much as if he had entered a kraal of Hottentots.
Cock"ney, a. Of or relating
to, or like, cockneys.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cockney, a word of uncertain derivation, but meaning one born and
bred in London, and knowing little or nothing beyond it, and betraying
his limits by his ideas, manners, and accent.
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