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  • adj. unlearned; artless; pretty; delicate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unlearned; artless; pretty; delicate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rare; fine; pretty.


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Compare conny, canny.



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  • An odd one, this old-time incony:

    The word is elusive and funny;

    Meaning artless or fragile

    But, shifting and agile,

    It hops like a lexical bunny.

    August 27, 2016

  • A word popular in Shakespeare's day and unused since:


    Forms: Also inconie, in-conie, in conie, inconey, in conye.

    Etymology: A cant word, prevalent about 1600, of unascertained origin.

    It appears to have rhymed with money , compare coney n.1 Suggestions as to its derivation are that it represents French inconnu , or Italian incognito , unknown; that it is a variation of uncanny , unconnyincautious, etc. (see canny adj.); that it is connected with unco unknown, strange, etc.; but none of these is free from difficulty.

    The OED uses the past tense in guessing how the word might have been pronounced. Its meaning is likewise veiled in the mists of time.

    August 27, 2016