Cockney meaning

kŏknē
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The dialect or accent of the natives of the East End of London.
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Of or like cockneys or their dialect.
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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.
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A native of the East End of London.
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Relating to cockneys or their dialect.
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This dialect, characterized by extreme diphthongization, loss of the initial (h) sound, and use of an intrusive (r)
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(loosely) Any person born or living in London.
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A native or inhabitant of parts of the East End of London.
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The accent and speech mannerisms of these people.
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Shakespeare.

This great lubber, the world, will prove a cockney.

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Of, or relating to these people or their accent.
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From the East End of London.
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Any native of London who was born within the sound of Bow Bells, St Mary-le-Bow church Cheapside, in the City of London.
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The dialect or accent of such natives.
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Origin of cockney

  • Middle English cokenei cock's egg, pampered child, city dweller coken cock (possibly blend of cok cock1) (and chiken chicken chicken) ei egg (from Old English ǣg awi- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition