Cove

(1 syl.). An individual, as a flash cove (a swell), a rum cove (a man whose position and character is not quite palpable), a gentry cove (a gentleman), a downy cove (a very knowing individual), etc. (Gipsy, cova, a thing; cova, that man; covi, that woman.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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