Warm-the-cockles-of-someone-s-heart Definition


(idiomatic) To provide happiness, to bring a deeply-felt contentment.


Origin of Warm-the-cockles-of-someone-s-heart

  • 17th century, Unknown, possibly due to resemblance of cockles to hearts. Alternatively, may be corruption of Latin cochleae in cochleae cordis (“ventricles of heart”), or of Irish Gaelic origin. Possibly also inspired by mollusks opening when exposed to warmth, notably cooking.

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