noun, plural co·neys.
- conestoga wagon,
- coney island,
Origin of coney
noun, plural co·nies.
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.
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|Marlow Stern|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They often went to Coney Island, where their usual hangout was Bay 4.Rocker Lenny Kravitz’s Namesake Receives Medal of Honor|Michael Daly|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ben Jacobs|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Elizabeth Wurtzel|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Coney also happened to be in it; and Massock, who owned the brickfields.Johnny Ludlow. First Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
They brought also three small deer with them, and a kind of coney or rabbit, but larger, which our men were very glad of.
He was a swimmer and a good one; he hadn't neglected his opportunities in having been reared so close to Coney's isle.The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4|Various
She was precisely the sort of person whom Coney Island must have pleased.An Ambitious Woman|Edgar Fawcett
I remember back at Coney they was three brothers that did sech tricks you couldn't hardly believe it.Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge
noun plural -nies or -neys
Word Origin for cony
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.