cocker

cocker

1 [kok-er]

Origin:
1805–15; (wood)cock + -er1, i.e., woodcock starter

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cocker

2 [kok-er]
noun
a person who promotes or patronizes cockfights.

Origin:
1680–90; (game)cock + -er1, i.e., gamecock fancier

cocker

3 [kok-er]
verb (used with object)
to pamper: to cocker a child.

Origin:
1495–1505; origin uncertain

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cocker1 (ˈkɒkə)
 
n
1.  a devotee of cockfighting
2.  short for cocker spaniel

cocker2 (ˈkɒkə)
 
vb
1.  rare (tr) to pamper or spoil by indulgence
 
n
2.  informal (Brit) a mate (esp in the phrase old cocker)
 
[C15: perhaps from cock1 with the sense: to make a cock (i.e. pet) of]

Cocker (ˈkɒkə)
 
n
according to Cocker reliable or reliably; correct or correctly
 
[from Edward Cocker (1631--75), English arithmetician]

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