nestle-cock

See also: nestlecock

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From nestle +‎ cock. Compare nest-cock & nest-cockle.

NounEdit

nestle-cock (plural nestle-cocks)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) The last-hatched chick of a brood, the weakling of a brood.
  2. (Britain, dialectal, by extension) A mama's boy, a delicate child; a spoiled brat.
    • c. 1621, Middleton, Thomas; Webster, John, Any Thing for Quiet Life, act 4, scene 1:
      Indeed, my mother was wont to call me your Nestle-cock, and I love you as well as she did.
    • 1662, Fuller, Thomas, “Worthies of London”, in The History of the Worthies of England, volume 2, London: Thomas Tegg, published 1840, page 342:
      I meet with a double sense of this word Cockney: some taking it for, 1. One coaks'd or cocker'd (made a wanton or nestlecock of, delicately bred and brought up), so that when grown men or women they can endure no hardship, nor comport with pains-taking. 2. One utterly ignorant of husbandry or housewifery []
    • 1986, O'Brian, Patrick, The Reverse of Medal, page 161:
      You ignorant incompetent whey-faced nestlecock.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "nestle-cock, n.". Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2003.