Definition of cockneyism in English:



  • A feature or style of speech or idiom characteristic of cockneys.

    ‘the programme gave idiotic cockneyisms national credence’
    mass noun ‘getting a ticket for the match means feigning cockneyism’
    • ‘She greets them with sweet singsong cockneyisms that bear no resemblance to her smoky Afro-American jazz singing voice.’
    • ‘This explanation is plausible but wrong; ‘captain’ is not a cockneyism.’
    • ‘He only offers that ‘dogs’ are US slang for feet, which doesn't help much as this is clearly a cockneyism.’
    • ‘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!’