1. a term of affection for a woman.
|Elynour Rummynge line 223: He calleth me [...] his conny His swetyng and his honny.|
|Disobedient Child Ciii: My darlynge, my Conye, my Bryde.|
|Trial of Treasure E: My mouse my nobs and cony swete My hope and ioye my whole delight.|
|Blind Beggar of Alexandria v: New fashion terms I like not; for a man To call his wife cony, forsooth, and lamb: And pork and mutton, he as well may say.|
|Timon in (1842) II i: My sparrow, my hony, my duck, my cony.|
|Rape of Lucrece (1874) 256: My Willy, my Billy, my hony, my cony, / my love, my dove, my deare.|
|Well met Gossip B1: Tell me Hony, My Loue, my Doue, my Lambe, my prettie Conny.|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk II 239: My sugar, my sweeting, my honey, my little coney, — yet it had in circumference full six acres, three rods, five poles, four yards, two feet, one inch and a half of good woodland measure, — my tender peggy, my cod-piece darling.(trans.)|
|Lady Alimony V iii: Thou shalt have anything, my Conny Christobel.|
2. in sexual senses (cf. cunny n.) [the stereotyped sexuality of rabbits + the pubic hair is supposedly reminiscent of the rabbit’s tail + play on cunt n.].
(a) (also cony-field, cony-skin) the vagina; thus coney-skin merchant, a pimp.
|Comedye Concernyng Three Lawes (1550) Ciii: What wylte thou fall to mutton? [...] Rank loue is full of heate where hungrye dogges lacke meate, They wyll durty puddynges eate For want of befe and conye.|
|Ovid I: The whore stands to be bought for each man’s money, And seeks vile wealth by selling of her coney.|
|‘Merry Discourse btwn a Country Lass & a Young Taylor’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1880) III 605: And having groped her purse, / and taken all her money, / he grop’d again, and mist, / and caught her by the coney.|
|Timon in (1842) II v: Sophrony Shee, shee alone is tractable / Feele her cony, feele her cony.|
|Chaste Maid in Cheapside IV i: Ay, and glad he may too, ’tis his living; As other trades thrive, butchers by selling flesh, Poulters by venting conies, or the like, coz.|
|Bartholomew Fair II iv: Hear for your love, and buy for your money! / A delicate ballad o’ ‘The Ferret and the Coney’; / ‘A Preservative again the Punk’s Evil’. / Another of ‘Goose-green Starch and the Devil’.|
|Virgin-Martyr II i: A pox on your Christian cockatrices! They cry, like poulterers’ wives, No money, no coney.|
|Beggar’s Bush III i: Bring out your cony-skins, fair maids, to me, / And hold’em fair that I may see.|
|Northern Lasse III ii: Oh he’s a Rare Fellow, he’ll tickle a Whore in Coany.|
|‘Rebells Reign’ Rump I 316: Some for the Money, and some for the Conny, And some for they knew not why.|
|‘Of All the Seas’ in(1979) 160: My father gave me land, / My mother gave me money, / And I have spent it every whit / in hunting of a coney.|
|New Brawle 9: No, no, no money, no Coney; if they would not be packing, I had a Chamber-pot to wash them out, or a Winchester goose for them to pull.|
|Mercurius Fumigosus 58 27 June-4 July 4: But certainly he sow'd but his wilde Oates / If he did plow under her Petticoats. / Her ground indeed a crop might yeeld / 'Cause she oft dungs her Coney-field.|
|Wit and Drollery 83: And make men sleepe when they should feast; Leaving untoucht a wholesome cony, Which sweeter is to man then money.et al. ‘In Praise of fat Men’|
|‘Panders come Awaye’ in Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript of Loose and Humorous Songs (1868) 104: Gardens neere the worss, though shee hauth made her Co[ney] / as common as the Bursse.|
|Wandring Whore I 6: No mony, no Cony, a Cunny being the deerest piece of flesh in the whole world.|
|‘The Rebells Reign’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) I 316: Martin and St. Johns [...] had each a finger i’th’ pye: Some for the Money, and some for the Conny.|
|‘On the Ladies of the Court’ in Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 4: For all her pride, Her cony’s wide; She needs not be so haughty.|
|New Academy of Complements 282: And under the Waste, / The Belly is plac’d, / And under that / I know no what, / But I think they do call it a — Coney.|
|News from Morefields n.p.: Unless he had coyn, / He should not take measure of that Coney of mine.|
|Hudibras Redivivus II:5 24: You co’rdly Cony-groping Imp, / You little Lap-dog of a Pimp.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy V 303: And for your whole Coney, / Here’s ready Money [...] Bring out your Coney-Skins, / Bring out your Coney-Skins Maids to me.|
|Delightful Adventures of Honest John Cole 19: The Night we all spend with the Bunters [...] Drink away and rejoice, / Since for Supper we’re sure of a Coney.|
|‘The Crafty Lass’ Highland Laddie’s Garland 6: Be witness, Gentlemen: / For this pretty Maiden’s Coney, / Which is betwixt her Legs, / I am to give her fifty Pounds.|
|Voyage to Lethe [title page] Dedicated to the Right Worshipful adam cock Esq; Of Black-Mary’s-Hole, Coney-Skin Merchant.|
|Homer Travestie (1764) I 83: That our best leaders, men so stout, / For coney-skins should thus fall out. [Ibid.] 151: [note] Paris chose coney-skins to ornament his cloaths with, rather than any other; to shew he liked coneys above all things.|
|Gentleman’s Bottle-Companion 11: Yet finer sport he has in view / And hunts the hare and cony too.|
|‘The Crafty Maiden’ in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 21: Two conies we have dined on, and one between her legs. / [...] / ‘My coney it is thin!’ and [he] pulled up her coat and gown.|
|Pretty Little Games (1872) plate ii: The Country Squire to London came, / And left behind his dogs and game; / Yet finer sport he has in view, / And hunts the hare and coney too.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 210: Petit lapin. m. The female pudendum; ‘the coney’.|
|Facetiae Americana 19: What shall I term that slimy pit-like orifice of sin, / [...] / A- tuppence, twitchet, coney, commodity or nock.‘A French Crisis’ in|
(b) a prostitute.
|Valiant Welshman I iv: I haue knowne tall men as Hercules, beene wounded to death, and kicke vp her heeles in an Hospitall, by the byting of a tame Conyes in the City: therefore your wilde Conyes in the Suburbs, that eate of nothing but Mandrakes & Turne-her-vps, mark you me now, by Sheshu, are worse then Dog dayes.|
|Match me in London I i: So, ho, ho, ho, the Conyes vse to feed most i’th night Sir, yet I cannot see my young mistris in our Warren.|
|Wasp V ii: I have vncasd, and vnlacd many a fat conye in my tyme but ha not felt a plumper kidny.|
|Microcosmus Act III: [I] dresse Phesant, Partridge and Coney for Lords, but their Ladies many times make the sawce.|
|Art of Wheedling 254: He [a shop-keeper] takes special care of not letting Coneyes burrough in his Shop-book, knowing ’twill be hard ferretting them out again.|
|‘Frolicksome Bricklayer’ Pepys Ballads (1987) V 166: Like a Tumbler he dally’d with his couple of Coneys, Till it cost him good store of broad peeces or Guineas.|
|Rhymes of Northern Bards 254: Each cuddles his coney or rabbit, / And pleasantly purrs with puss-cats; / Hence with husky harlots cohabit, / And handle a herdling’s old hats.Jr. (ed.)|
(c) (US) attrib. use, pertaining to sexuality or promiscuity.
|(con. 1918) Mattock 271: Say, gang, you who was there the night of the coney party in Madam Buson’s back room know the guts of Black Jean.|
3. (also cunny) a dupe, the victim of a confidence trick, of card-sharping etc.
|Defence of Conny-Catching 5: For if euer I brought my Conny but to crushe a pot of ale with mee, I was as sure of all the Crownes in his purse, as if hee had conueyed them into my proper possession by a deede of gifte.|
|Belman of London F2: He that looseth his money, not a Cozen but a Cony.|
|Knaves of Spades & Diamonds 108: A man would thinke no Conie could be caught. Who wil be drawne at Dice and Cards to play, With one who he meets a stranger on the way.|
|Works (1869) II 144: Couldst thou find no other way, / To Sharke, or Shift, or Cony-catch for money, / But to make me thy Asse, thy Foole, thy Cony?‘Taylors Revenge’ in|
|Black Dog of Newgate in (1884) 79: The coney put down £10, every penny of which was to be paid to the man in the moon.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Cony A silly Fellow, a meer Cony, very silly indeed.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|in Bk of Sports 154: He borrow’d a trifle more money, / And ventur’d another bet / Along with blubber-mouth Coney.|
|in Punch 25 Apr. 201: The ‘Cony’ is feeble, the Bear’s a rough bore.|
see also under cunny and its combs.
1. a brothel.
|Two Angry Women of Abington H3: mrs. bar.: Shees hid in this same Warren, Ile lay money. [...] boy: I have not seen a cunny since I came, Yet at the connyborow we should meete.|
|Strappado 152: [title] Satyre called the Coniborrowe [...] Lasciuious Burrowes, where there nothing are But toused, sullied, and ore iaded ware.|
|Holland’s Leaguer IV iii: You are an apple-squire, a rat, and a ferret. I saw you bolt out from that coney-berry.|
|Man in the Moon 4 26 Nov. 29: In Moor-fields near the Rose is a new Conney-berry, common to all Warriners, Trappans, Hectors or others, One of the chief Conies belonging to this Cony-berry is called Scotch Nan, if any one would have a game at this Berry, he may be sure to find her ... in the Lodge at Finsbury.|
2. the vagina; thus a woman considered as a sexual object; thus cony-burrow ferret, the penis.
|Gesta Grayorum in Progresses and Processions of Queen Elizabeth (1823) III 326: Capringe Kate, of Clarkenwell, claymes to hold of his Highnes five cunyborowes [...] by night-service, to hold play for five Gentlemen Ushers, each of them with a ferret and two tumblers, weekly.|
|Honest Whore Pt 2 (1630) III i: Here, Madam, is the suruey [...] with euery Medow pasture, Plough-land, Cony-borough, Fish-pond, hedge, ditch, and bush that stands in it.|
|Strappado 155: Till then adew: for till that time I sweare it, / Thy Connie-burrow is not for my Ferret.|
|Guardian IV i: Not too high You Ferrit, this is no Cunniborough for you.|
|’Tis Pity She’s a Whore IV iii: Alas, to marry a great woman, being made great in the stock to your hand, is a usual sport in these days; but to know what ferret it was that haunted your cony-berry, there’s the cunning.|
|Eng. Moor IV iv: nat.: How now, what’s that? Ha’ you a black coney-berry in your house? quic.: Stay Catelina. Nay, she may be seen.|
|Rebellion IV i: If you cann’t, here’s them that can ferrit in a Cunny burow without a provocative, Ile warrant you.|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 44: And some of the other women would give these names [...] my lusty live sausage, my crimson chitterlin, rump-splitter, shove-devil, down right to it, stiff and stout, in and to, at her again, my coney-borrow-ferret, wily-beguiley, my pretty rogue.(trans.)|
|Honest Ghost 151: [She] trades with men of choyce esteeme Who ferret-like still sport them in her Burrow.|
|Man in the Moon 2 1 Oct. 15: [His] hand accidentally slipping forth of his glove fell unhappily into his neighbours Conny-berry.|
|‘The Character of a Mistris’ in Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 61: My Mistris is a Conny fine, / She’s of the softest skin, / And if you please to open her, / The best part lies within, / And in her Conny-burrow may / Two Tumblers and a Ferret play.|
|Merry Maid of Islington 4: This is the Survey, not only of the Mannour it self, but the Meadow, Pasture, Plow land, Coney-burrow, Fish-pond, Hedge, Ditch and Bush that stands in’t.|
|Ovid Travestie 88: Disdaining my poor little Cunny-borough.|
|Love for Money IV iii: This Warren of Conney Burrows [i.e. a girls’ boarding school].|
|Humours of a Coffee-House in Writings II 315: The Damnd’st Distemper that ever crept into the Cony-burrow of Copulation.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 66: Clapier, m. The female pudendum; ‘Cunnyborough’. [Ibid.] 145: Garenne, f. The female pudendum; ‘the cunny-barrow’. [Ibid.] 142: Furon, m. The penis; ‘the Cunnyborough ferret’.|
see separate entries.
one who assists a confidence trickster in cony-catching n.
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
see sense 3a above.