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). [1913 Webster]

This great lubber, the world, will prove a cockney. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A native or resident of the city of London, especially one living in the East End district; -- sometimes used contemptuously. [1913 Webster +PJC]

A cockney in a rural village was stared at as much as if he had entered a kraal of Hottentots. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. the distinctive dialect of a cockney[2]. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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