An Americanism recorded in 1843 and probably related to the old English expression in a crow's age meaning the same.
- (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.
- The word coon may be considered racially pejorative in some communities, including that of African-Americans in the United States.
- (colloquial: a long time): dog's age
- Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997), page 168.
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