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Cockney Explained

cockney at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


cockney at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1600, from M.E. cokenei "spoiled child, milksop," orig. cokene-ey "cock's egg" (1362). Most likely disentangling of the etymology is to start from O.E. cocena "cock's egg" -- gen. pl. of coc "cock" + ?ig "egg" -- medieval term for "runt of a clutch," extended derisively c.1521 to "town dweller," gradually narrowing thereafter to residents of a particular neighborhood in the East End of London. The accent so called from 1890, but speech peculiarities were noted from 17c. ///

cockney at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

Cockney/k[hA361]kni $ k[hA35A][hA359]k-/ n [Date: 1600-1700; Origin: cockney 'male chicken's egg, child treated too well, person who lives in a town' (14-19 centuries), from cocken 'of cocks' + ey 'egg' (11-16 centuries) (from Old English [zB024]g)]//
1 [C] someone who comes from the east part of London, and who has a particular way of speaking which is typical of working class people who live there:
2 [U] a way of speaking English that is typical of working class people in the east part of London: -- cockney adj // --She has a broad cockney accent.//

cockney at German => English Of Explained:


Cockney at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "Cockney":
Acadian, Anglo-Indian, Brooklynese, Cajun, Canadian French,
Everyman, French Canadian, Gullah, John Smith, Midland,
Midland dialect, New England dialect, Pennsylvania Dutch, Yankee,
Yorkshire, average man, bourgeois, bundle of isoglosses,
class dialect, common man, commoner, dialect, dialect atlas,
dialect dictionary, idiom, isogloss, linguistic atlas,
linguistic community, linguistic island, little fellow, little man,
local dialect, localism, patois, pleb, plebeian, proletarian,
provincialism, regional accent, regionalism, roturier,
speech community, subdialect

cockney at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "cockney":
baseborn, below the salt, common, commonplace, homely, humble, low,
lowborn, lowbred, lowly, mean, nonclerical, ordinary, plain,
plebeian, rude, shabby-genteel, third-estate, ungenteel, vulgar

cockney at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [C] a person from the East End of London
2 [U] the way of speaking that is typical of cockneys:
a cockney accent

Cockney at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Cockney \Cock"ney\, a.
Of or relating to, or like, cockneys.

Cockney \Cock"ney\ (k[o^]k"n[y^]), n.; pl. {Cockneys} (-n[i^]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. [ae]g. 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 cockney.

2. A native or resident of the city of London; -- used

A cockney in a rural village was stared at as much
as if he had entered a kraal of Hottentots.

cockney at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: characteristic of Cockneys or their dialect; "cockney
2: relating to or resembling a cockney; "Cockney street
n 1: a native of the east end of London
2: the nonstandard dialect of natives of the east end of London

Cockney at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » cockney


Inter: wikipedi » a

Alternative forms

* cockney


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈkɒ, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"
  • Inter: rhymes » ɒkni


    Inter: en-adj » -

  • From the East End of London.

    Proper noun

    Inter: en-proper noun » Cockneys

  • Any native of London who was born within the sound of Bow Bells, St Mary-le-Bow church Cheapside, in the City of London.
    1. The dialect or accent of such natives.

    Category: Category:English informal demonyms -
    Category: Category:en:London -
    Translation: de » Cockney
    Translation: et » Cockney
    Translation: pl » Cockney
    Translation: ru » Cockney
    Translation: zh » Cockney

  • cockney at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » Cockney


    Alternative forms

    * Cockney


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • a native or inhabitant of parts of the East End of London
    1. the accent and speech mannerisms of these people

      Usage notes

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



  • of, or relating to these people or their accent

    Derived terms

    * cockney rhyming slang

  • Translation: et » cockney
    Translation: fr » cockney
    Translation: ko » cockney
    Translation: my » cockney
    Translation: pl » cockney
    Translation: pt » cockney
    Translation: ru » cockney
    Translation: te » cockney
    Translation: vi » cockney
    Translation: zh » cockney