nouninformal, humorous, derogatory, rare, historical British
(The type of) a boisterous or jovial young Cockney man. Compare 'Arriet , "Harry".
Popularized in captions written by E. J. Milliken for cartoons in Punch from the 1870s to late 1890s.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Punch's Almanack. Representing a Cockney pronunciation of the male forename Harry.