Definition of cockneyism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäknēˌizəm/


A feature or style of speech or idiom characteristic of cockneys.
Example sentences
  • Forget the trouble and strife (and I know what that's a cockneyism for!) forget the chores and the deadlines, forget that the nose is at the grindstone!
  • He only offers that ‘dogs’ are US slang for feet, which doesn't help much as this is clearly a cockneyism.
  • She greets them with sweet singsong cockneyisms that bear no resemblance to her smoky Afro-American jazz singing voice.

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Syllabification: cock·ney·ism

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