Literally, a person born within earshot of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow church in what is now the City of London. However, technically speaking there can be no cockneys born after 1945 since the bells were destroyed by German bombs during WWII.

Today the term has expanded to encompass not only those from East London specifically but from London in general. The latter tends to be attributed by non-Londoners, stemming from their ignorance of the true meaning of the word.
by hux May 31, 2003
person from london's east end.
rhyming slang used in london's east end
eg: mate = china plate = china
and so mate = china
by bru January 30, 2004
Person from the East End of London. Supposedly 'born with the sound of bow-bells'. When I used to live in Houghton Regis there were some next door, and they talked and acted nothing like the ones in Eastenders (most of whom are posh actors trying to sound working class). And let's be honest, a lot of TV producers are lovies and darlings who seem to think working class people (especially cockneys) are automatically criminals. Alright, I'm sure there are criminals in the East End. But thanks to a succession of useless, soft-head, corrupt UK governments, there are bloody villains everywhere you go in Britain. Counties around the south of England tend of be full of 'mockneys' - total arseholes who think putting on a fake cockney accent makes them sound hard (but don't tell their mummies).
Mo Slater has stolen a baby's cot and is now selling it like the heartless criminal she is. Egads! You nasty evil cockney!

Oh, go smell the coffee, BBC.
by StormSworder August 11, 2006
the best accent ever!
what the bloody 'ell do you mean, you hate cockney?
by england lover July 25, 2006
Someone born within the sound of Bow Bells in London.
by chump April 23, 2003
The dialect anyone speaks while performing fellatio.
Person 1: I always have a difficult time understanding Cockney.
Person 2: Yeah, me too. Especially when your mom speaks it.
by adlsajfdlsjalfdk December 12, 2008
The Hitcher from the Mighty Boosh Episode Eight, Season One called "the Hitcher " Episode Four, Season Two called "the Fountain of Youth" Episode Six of the second season called "the Nightmare of Milky Joe" as a coconut and in Season three in an episode called "Eels" where he sings the song about Eels. He also appears in the Mighty Boosh Live DVD from 2006.

The Hitcher is an old cockney man with long grey hair, green skin, a large polo mint over his left eye, a top hat and black and red clothing. He is evil, threatening to kill Howard and Vince whenever he meets them, and killing the whole cast in the stage show. His name is Baboo Yagu, but he is almost always referred to as The Hitcher. He is also a proponent of jazz fusion, especially proficient on the bass guitar.

The Hitcher has a confused history, he states in The Hitcher that as a child his parents were ashamed of his small thumb (prompting him to seek out the Hornet Shaman). However, in Eels he reveals that Elsie, proprietor of the Pie and Mash Shop, gave him free eels "on account of him being an orphan n' that"
Trapped in a box by a cockney nutjob
Have a cup of tea...have a cup of tea
I'm the hitcher
Let me put you in the picture
Creeping in your room in the dead of night
With me solo polo vision

I'm a cockney geezer...watch me bleed ya,
I knew the ripper, when he was just a nipper,I taught him how to slice
I cut him up a treat.

Pound your banana (two pound your pear)
Pound your banana (two pound your pear)
Pound your banana (two pound your pear)
14 shillings for your melons...oh yeah

(Were the piper twins, little Jim and Jackie Piper
cutting through the night like a windscreen
wiping you away like rain drops
dont mess with the boys)

Shut your noise!

Coming in strong like a freakshow nightmare
Dancing skeletons - white, blue and yellarins
Moving through the shadows with the speed of a cat
And if you cross us we'll cut ya
And you ain't gonna like that...

I'm bad juju
I use voodoo if I choose to
I harness the forces of evil to abuse you
With power, a polo, an evil magnet
Sucking up your soul
And you ain't gonna like that.
by Effy Noir September 11, 2009

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