Definition of cockneyism in US English:



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

    ‘the program gave idiotic cockneyisms national credence’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This explanation is plausible but wrong; ‘captain’ is not 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!’