Entry date

  • Quotation evidence from 1750 (first cited in London Evening-Post).
  • OED includes about 2500 entries first evidenced in the decade 1750—1759 (words such as cocktail, nickel, railroad).

Timeline of entries in the OED

(Based on the first date of each entry. The date of this entry is indicated by the black line.)
10002000

Origin

  • cock
  • cock
  • tail

Entry size

  • 53 senses (15 main senses, 38 subentry senses).
  • 164 quotations.

Timeline of quotation evidence

47
  • 1000
  • 1100
  • 1200
  • 1300
  • 1400
  • 1500
  • 1600
  • 1700
  • 1800
  • 1900
  • 2000