Definition of cockney noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒkni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːkni//
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  1. 1[countable] a person from the East End of London
  2. 2[uncountable] the way of speaking that is typical of cockneys a cockney accent Culture Traditionally, a true cockney was somebody born within the sound of Bow Bells, but the word is often used of any Londoner who speaks with a local accent. Cockneys are thought of as quick, cheerful people with a good sense of humour.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a pampered child): origin uncertain; it is apparently not the same word as Middle English cokeney ‘cock's egg’, denoting a small misshapen egg (probably from cock + obsolete ey ‘egg’). A later sense was ‘a town-dweller regarded as affected or puny’, from which the current sense arose in the early 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cockney