- Present participle of cockle.
From cockle + -ing.
- A young, small, or immature cock.
From cock + -ling.
Variant of cockle
- any of a family (Cardiidae) of edible, marine bivalve mollusks with two heart-shaped, radially ridged shells
- a cockleshell
- a wrinkle; pucker
Origin of cockleMiddle English cokel ; from Old French coquille, a blister, shell, cockle, altered (infl. by coq, cock) ; from Classical Latin conchylium ; from Classical Greek konchylion, shellfish ; from konchē: see conch
warm the cockles of someone's heart
Origin of cockleprob. < L cochlea, winding cavity, lit., snail: see cochlea
to make someone feel pleased or cheerful