Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COCKAPENTIE, Cockypenty, n. “One whose pride makes him live and act above his income” (Ayr. 1825 Jam.2). Used attrib. = extravagant, high-falutin. Obs. except poet. [′kɔkə′pɛnt] Edb. 1928  A. D. Mackie Poems in Two Tongues 46:
Nae cockypenty, patronisin', Kind-herted ode am I devisin' Tae let sic folk as like it see What love o' beast there is in me.
Ayr. 1821  Letter in Ayrsh. Dial. in Edb. Mag. (April) 351:
As soon as thae cockapenties gat a wee swath o' thae parlevoo harangues.

[Prob. another form of Cockie-bendie, n. comb.1, 1.]

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