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
early 19th cent.: from cock + -er (the dog was bred to flush out game birds such as woodcock).
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
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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