verb (used without object), cock·led, cock·ling.
verb (used with object), cock·led, cock·ling.
- cockles of one's heart
Origin of cockle1
Origin of cockle2
Examples from the Web for cockle
And the shell being something like that of a cockle, it sticks to the rocks, just as limpets do.
Dr Cockle had become accustomed to it, but I cannot fancy that it was very pleasant to him.Peter Trawl|W. H. G. Kingston
With a flit of the wing she went in nervous haste from cockle to cockle, looking eagerly about her.
On further inspection, the money was found to be cockle shells.Welsh Folk-Lore|Elias Owen
Besides being so skilful at digging, the Cockle is a first-rate jumper.On the Seashore|R. Cadwallader Smith
Word Origin for cockle
type of mollusk, early 14c., from Old French coquille (13c.) "scallop, scallop shell; mother of pearl; a kind of hat," altered (by influence of coque "shell") from Vulgar Latin *conchilia, from Latin conchylium "mussel, shellfish," from Greek konkhylion "little shellfish," from konkhe "mussel, conch." Phrase cockles of the heart (1660s) is perhaps from similar shape, or from Latin corculum, diminutive of cor "heart."
flowering weed that grows in wheat fields, Old English coccel "darnel," used in Middle English to translate the Bible word now usually given as tares (see tare (n.1)). It is in no other Germanic language and may be from a diminutive of Latin coccus "grain, berry."