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Etymology 1[edit]

From cock (a male bird, especially a rooster) and its derivative cocking (the hunting of gamecocks), +‎ -er.


cocker (plural cockers)

  1. One who breeds gamecocks or engages in the sport of cockfighting.
    Synonym: cockfighter
  2. (dated) One who hunts woodcocks.
    1. (colloquial) A cocker spaniel, either of two breeds of dogs originally bred for hunting woodcocks.
  3. A device that aids in cocking a crossbow.
    • 2007, Field and Stream - Volume 112, page 62:
      You have your choice of two stock-mounted cocking aids: the Acudraw 50, an integral rope cocker, or the Acudraw crank-operated device.
    • 2011, Ritchie R. Moorhead, The Kid Looks Back-Short Stories & Tall Tales, page 48:
      The down side is that they are hard to draw without special lever cockers.
    • 2013, Todd A. Kuhn, Shooter's Bible Guide to Bowhunting:
      The standard default cocking mechanism is the rope cocker.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English coker (a quiver, boot) from Old English cocer (quiver, case) from Proto-West Germanic *kukur (container, case), said to be from Hunnic,[1] possibly from Proto-Mongolic *kökexür (leather vessel for liquids). More at quiver.


cocker (plural cockers)

  1. A rustic high shoe; half-boot.

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, Wesker, Arnold, 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, Townsend, Sue, Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction, →ISBN, 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).
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  1. ^ Etymology dictionary,, "quiver"]



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  • IPA(key): /kɔ.kœʁ/, /kɔ.kɛʁ/


cocker m (plural cockers)

  1. cocker spaniel

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From English cocker


cocker m (invariable)

  1. cocker spaniel