1. [mid-16C–mid-17C] a term of affection for a woman.
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) [mid-16C–1920s] (also cony-field, cony-skin) the vagina; thus coney-skin merchant, a pimp.
(b) [17C] a prostitute.
(c) [1920s] (US) attrib. use, pertaining to sexuality or promiscuity.
3. [late 16C–19C] (also cunny) a dupe, the victim of a confidence trick, of card-sharping etc.
see also under cunny and its combs.
1. [late 16C–17C] a brothel.
2. [mid-17C–early 18C] the vagina; thus a woman considered as a sexual object; thus cony-burrow ferret, the penis.
see separate entries.
[late 17C] one who assists a confidence trickster in cony-catching n.
see sense 3a above.