Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cock n.2

[abbr. SE Cockney]

1. a general term of address, esp. Cockney use.

[UK]R. Edwards Damon and Pithias (1571) Gi: Farewell cocke, before the Colier againe do vs seeke, Let vs into the Courte to parte the spoyle, share and share like.
[UK]Massinger Unnatural Combat I i: He has drawne bloud of him yet, well done, old Cocke.
[UK]R. Brome New Academy III i: Cock, I protest Cock.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 6 Sept. 215/2: They asked what I'd have to St. Katharine’s. I told them 18 d. Come down Cockes, says Flemming, we’ll give it you.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) II 223: Be bold, my cock, don’t fear to die.
[UK]Sporting Mag. June VIII 151/1: Different people, upon meeting a friend or relation, make use of some particular [...] mode of salutation, as for instance [...] ‘How fares it, my cock?’ ‘How are you, my hearty?’.
[UK]J. Poole Hamlet Travestie I iii: Now, my cock, lead on!
[US]P. Freneau ‘On the Conflagrations at Washington’ in American Poetry 19C I 9: They said to Cockburn, ‘honest Cock! / To make a noise and give a shock / Push off’.
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 18 Nov. 19: ‘Conwince yerself, my cock,’ replied Mr. Dribble.
[Ire]S. Lover Handy Andy 24: ‘That’s right, my cock,’ said he to Murtough.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).
[UK]R.L. Stevenson Treasure Island 229: And now, my cock, you’ve got to go.
[US]T.J. Hains Mr Trunnell Mate of the Ship ‘Pirate’ Ch. ii: ‘My fine cock,’ said I, ‘if you haven’t a tongue, you probably have ears [etc.]’.
[UK]E. Pugh Spoilers 12: An’ bring me a quart o’ Bass, cock, instead.
[Aus]C.H. Thorp Handful of Ausseys 114: Hey, cock, the Boche doesn’t shoot if yer’ve got tailor-made clothes — he does a swap.
[UK]G. Ingram Cockney Cavalcade 177: Oh, yer mother’s ill, ain’t she, cock?
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Caught (2001) 44: ’E’s a mad bastard, cock, no skylark.
[UK]N. Streatfeild Grass in Piccadilly 78: That’s right, cock, give us a bit of music.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 207: Yes, cock – I mean Sonny.
[UK]B. Reckord Skyvers III i: Well, good night, cock.
[UK](con. 1950) J. Rosenthal Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 4: When you’ve washed your hands, cock.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 148: What’s your number, cock?
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 37: Hey, cock. Guy . . .

2. a man.

[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 23 Feb. 90/2: Past cry'd out, Boys, here's a Cock! Court. What did he mean by a Cock? Beck. A Man.
[UK]Ordinary of Newgate Account 31 July [Internet] We espied a § Boozey-Cock very bung, making Water against a Post [...] § Drunken Man.
[UK]Cumberland Pacquet 12 Dec. 4/5: Jack’s a honest canty cock.