noun, plural cock·neys.
- a pampered child.
- a squeamish, affected, or effeminate person.
- cockles of one's heart,
- cockney bream,
Origin of cockney
Examples from the Web for cockney
“Yes, I do,” he says with a Cockney accent so thick Judge Whitehead asks him to deliver his testimony while facing him.
They have been in situ all week, with tents, Union Jacks, and lashings of cockney wisdom.
Characters in the soap Eastenders, which charts the lives of cockney Londoners, call their children Chelsea.Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's Hard-Partying Royal Wedding Date|Tom Sykes|April 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The punk movement started here, as did the infamous Cockney Rhyming Slang.
Geoff could almost have fancied there was a cockney twang about it.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot|Mrs. Molesworth
"Thou shall not be a snob;" such is the first principle at present of Cockney ethics.
There was the faintest hint of Cockney impurity about the vowel sounds.Mortal Coils|Aldous Huxley
It was not till the beginning of the 17th century that “cockney” appears to be confined to the inhabitants of London.
“He is the greatest liar on (H) earth”—as the cockney said of the lapdog he often saw lying before the fire.
Word Origin for cockney
c.1600, usually said to be from rare Middle English cokenei, cokeney "spoiled child, milksop" (late 14c.), originally cokene-ey "cock's egg" (mid-14c.). Most likely disentangling of the etymology is to start from Old English cocena "cock's egg" -- genitive plural of coc "cock" + æg "egg" -- medieval term for "runt of a clutch," extended derisively c.1520s to "town dweller," gradually narrowing thereafter to residents of a particular neighborhood in the East End of London. Liberman, however, disagrees:
[I]n all likelihood, not the etymon of ME cokeney 'milksop, simpleton; effeminate man; Londoner,' which is rather a reshaping of [Old French] acoquiné 'spoiled' (participle). However, this derivation poses some phonetic problems that have not been resolved.
The accent so called from 1890, but the speech peculiarities were noted from 17c. As an adjective in this sense, from 1630s.