Definition of coney burrow in English:

coney burrow

Pronunciation /ˈkəʊni ˌbʌrəʊ/


  • 1dialect, historical A rabbit burrow. Also; a number of these together, a rabbit warren.

  • 2dialect, historical, figurative, derogatory A place in which prostitutes are housed; a brothel. rare (now historical).

    Only with reference to the hostile reaction to the permission given to Pietro Martire Vermigli, or ‘Peter Martyr’ (1499–1562), first canon of Christ Church, Oxford, to live with his wife in college.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Gascoigne (d. 1577), author and soldier. Partly from coney + burrow, and partly from coney + berry.