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Etymology 1[edit]

From cock ‎(a male bird, esp. a rooster) and its derivative cocking ‎(the hunting of gamecocks)


cocker ‎(plural cockers)

  1. (dated) One who breeds gamecocks or arranges cockfights.
  2. (dated) One who hunts gamecocks.
    1. (colloquial) A cocker spaniel, either of two breeds of dogs originally bred for hunting gamecocks.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English coker "a quiver, boot" from Old English cocer "quiver, case" from Proto-Germanic *kukur- ‎(container, case). More at quiver.


cocker ‎(plural cockers)

  1. A rustic high shoe, half-boots

Etymology 3[edit]

Origin uncertain. Perhaps from Middle English cokeren ‎(to pamper, coddle); compare Welsh cocru ‎(to indulge, fondle), French coqueliner ‎(to dandle, to imitate the crow of a cock, to run after the girls), and English cockle and cock ‎(rooster; to spoil).


cocker ‎(plural cockers)

  1. (Britain, informal) Friend, mate.
    • 1993, Arnold Wesker, Bluey:
      I been to see 'im. Not pretty. Ward sister tell me 'e'll be alright but not for a while yet. Concussion. Bloody 'ell! Lucky 'e wasn't killed, lump of lead like that. Lucky for you too, cocker...
    • 2004, Sue Townsend, Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction, ISBN 9780718146900, page 361:
      He said, 'Not my cup of Darjeeling, cocker. I've been more intellectually challenged at a kiddies' swimming gala.'
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cocker ‎(third-person singular simple present cockers, present participle cockering, simple past and past participle cockered)

  1. To make a nestle-cock of; to indulge or pamper (particularly of children)
    1611, King James Bible, Ecclesiasticus, xxx. 9
    Cocker thy childe, and hee ſhall make thee afraid: play with him and he will bring thee to heauinesse.
    • J. Ingelow
      Poor folks cannot afford to cocker themselves up.
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cocker m ‎(plural cockers)

  1. cocker spaniel

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cocker m ‎(invariable)

  1. cocker spaniel