cock·er 7 [cocker cockers] BrE [ˈkɒkə(r)]
NAmE [ˈkɑːkər]
(also ˌcocker ˈspaniel) noun
a small spaniel (= type of dog) with soft hair
See also: cocker spaniel
Word Origin:
early 19th cent.: from cock + -er (the dog was bred to flush out game birds such as woodcock).

WordNet Dictionary:
a small breed with wavy silky hair; originally developed in England
Syn: cocker spaniel, English cocker spaniel
treat with excessive indulgence
- grandparents often pamper the children
- Let's not mollycoddle our students!

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.To treat with too great tenderness; to fondle; to indulge; to pamper.
[imp. & p. p. Cockered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cockering.]
Cocker thy child and he shall make thee afraid.
Poor folks cannot afford to cocker themselves up.
n.1.One given to cockfighting.
2.(Zool.) A small dog of the spaniel kind, used for starting up woodcocks, etc.
1.A rustic high shoe or half-boots.

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