Variant of cockney
- a person born in the East End of London, England, traditionally one born within the sound of “Bow Bells” (i.e., the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow) and speaking a characteristic dialect
- this dialect, characterized by extreme diphthongization, loss of the initial (h) sound, and use of an intrusive (r)
- loosely any person born or living in London: a humorous or disparaging usage
Origin: Middle English cokenei, spoiled child, milksop; understood as coken-ey, literally , cock's egg ; from coken (OE cocena, genitive plural ), of cocks plush ey (OE æg), egg; uncertain or unknown; perhaps influenced, influence by French acoquiné, idle, spoiled (; from coquin, rascal)
- cockneyish adjective
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