- a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
Origin of Cockaigne
Examples from the Web for cockayne
Cockayne throws up his eyes, and laments the frivolity of women.
For once in her life Mrs. Cockayne held the same opinion as her husband.
I want no Greek, nor any other old-fashioned ornaments, Mr. Cockayne.
Some wives had only to hint to have; but that was not the case with the hapless Mrs. Cockayne.
Mr. Cockayne thought he saw his opportunity for an oratorical flourish.
- a variant spelling of Cockaigne
- medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
Word Origin and History for cockayne
c.1300, from Old French Cocaigne (12c.) "lubberland," imaginary country, abode of luxury and idleness. Of obscure origin, speculation centers on words related to cook (v.) and cake (cf. Middle Dutch kokenje, a child's honey-sweetened treat; also cf. Big Rock Candy Mountain). The German equivalent is Schlaraffenland.