- a serranid fish, Epinephelus fulvus, of tropical American waters.
Origin of coney
- the fur of a rabbit, especially when dyed to simulate Hudson seal.
- the daman or other hyrax of the same genus.
- the pika.
- a rabbit.
- Obsolete. a person who is easily tricked; gull; dupe.
Origin of cony
Examples from the Web for coney
As significant as the onion-fried burger is, El Reno has another unique specialty—a distinctive style of Coney Island hot dog.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
I should have not Written and Directed HE GOT GAME because I have never lived in CONEY ISLAND.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed
March 31, 2014
They often went to Coney Island, where their usual hangout was Bay 4.Rocker Lenny Kravitz’s Namesake Receives Medal of Honor
March 19, 2014
And basketball may be followed avidly from Madison Square Garden to playgrounds on Coney Island.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA
January 26, 2014
According to the song “Coney Island Baby,” he had to play football for the coach.Lou Reed Lives! Why the Man With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart Isn’t Dead
October 28, 2013
One day in deep depression of spirits the Coney arrived at the kindergarten.
The Coney decided to join a class, and was offered beads to thread.
The moorfowl does not cry there, the coney has no habitation.John Splendid
In a way of speaking, this mendicant of Coney Island was perhaps of this class.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
Shootin' the chutes—say, that Coney stunt seems tame compared to this!Torchy, Private Sec.
- a variant spelling of cony
- a rabbit or fur made from the skin of a rabbit
- (in the Bible) another name for the hyrax, esp the Syrian rock hyrax
- another name for pika
- archaic a fool or dupe
Word Origin and History for coney
c.1200, from Anglo-French conis, plural of conil "long-eared rabbit" (Lepus cunicula) from Latin cuniculus (source of Spanish conejo, Portuguese coelho, Italian coneglio), the small, Spanish variant of the Italian hare (Latin lepus), the word perhaps from Iberian Celtic (classical writers say it is Spanish).
Rabbit arose 14c. to mean the young of the species, but gradually pushed out the older word 19c., after British slang picked up coney as a punning synonym for cunny "cunt" (cf. connyfogle "to deceive in order to win a woman's sexual favors"). The word was in the King James Bible [Prov. xxx:26, etc.], however, so it couldn't be entirely dropped, and the solution was to change the pronunciation of the original short vowel (rhyming with honey, money) to rhyme with boney. In the Old Testament, the word translates Hebrew shaphan "rock-badger." Rabbits not being native to northern Europe, there was no Germanic or Celtic word for them.