1 often cap a native of London, esp. of the working class born in the East End, speaking a characteristic dialect of English. Traditionally defined as someone born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow church
2 the urban dialect of London or its East End
3 (Austral) a young snapper fish
4 characteristic of cockneys or their dialect of English
(C14: from cokeney, literally: cock's egg, later applied contemptuously to townsmen, from cokene, genitive plural of cok cock1 + ey egg1)
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