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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: cockney 'male chicken's egg, child treated too well, person who lives in a town' (14-19 centuries), from cocken 'of cocks' + ey 'egg' (11-16 centuries) (from Old English æg)

cockney

noun
     
Related topics: Geography
cock‧ney , Cockney
1 [countable]SG someone who comes from the east part of London, and who has a particular way of speaking which is typical of working class people who live there
2 [uncountable] a way of speaking English that is typical of working class people in the east part of London
cockney adjective:
She has a broad cockney accent.

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