coon's age

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

An Americanism recorded in 1843 and probably related to the old English expression in a crow's age meaning the same.

NounEdit

a coon's age (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, US, colloquial) A very long time.
    Jarn hasn't seen Schnie in a coon's age.
    We've been waiting a coon's age for our damn food.

Usage notesEdit

  • The word coon may be considered racially pejorative in some communities, including that of African-Americans in the United States.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997), page 168.[1]
Last modified on 15 July 2013, at 19:39