• WordNet 3.6
    • v cocker treat with excessive indulgence "grandparents often pamper the children","Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
    • n cocker a small breed with wavy silky hair; originally developed in England
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cocker A rustic high shoe or half-boots.
    • Cocker (Zoöl) A small dog of the spaniel kind, used for starting up woodcocks, etc.
    • Cocker One given to cockfighting.
    • v. t Cocker To treat with too great tenderness; to fondle; to indulge; to pamper. "Cocker thy child and he shall make thee afraid.""Poor folks cannot afford to cocker themselves up."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cocker A quiver.
    • n cocker plural High shoes or half-boots, laced or buttoned.
    • n cocker plural Thick stockings without feet, used as an outside protection for the lower part of the leg.
    • n cocker plural Same as cockermegs.
    • n cocker A cock-fighter; one who makes a practice of fighting game-cocks, or of training them for fighting.
    • n cocker A dog of the spaniel kind, trained to start woodcock and snipe in woods and marshes.
    • n cocker A fighter; a bully.
    • cocker To fondle; indulge; treat with excessive tenderness; pamper; spoil.
    • n cocker A reaper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Cocker one who follows cock-fighting: a small dog of the spaniel kind employed by sportsmen in pheasant and woodcock shooting
    • v.t Cocker kok′ėr to pamper: to fondle: to indulge.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cokeren,; cf. W. cocru, to indulge, fondle, E. cock, the bird, F. coqueliner, to dandle (Cotgrave), to imitate the crow of a cock, to run after the girls, and E. cockle, v
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; cf. Dut. kokelen, O. Fr. coqueliner, to dandle.


In literature:

Cocker, Benjamin F., 106.
"The University of Michigan" by Wilfred Shaw
It was wonderful work, rattling fire, quicker than a self-cocker even.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
On the same day were condemned, John Frankesh, Nicholas Shetterden, Humphrey Middleton, Thacker, and Cocker, of whom Thacker only recanted.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
It was a self-cocker, and he could use it skillfully.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
Id vas a recular taisy, selluf-cocker, und dirty-dwo caliber.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
I know a fool of a dog who pretends that he is a Cocker Spaniel, and is convinced that the world revolves round him wonderingly.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
Cocker's Arithmetic is not truer.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
It is recorded somewhere that Cocker and another, whose name we forget, competed with the Italians in the beauty of their flourishes.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
She had been a cockering, fawning nurse to me not so many months ago.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Little cockering books I see now put forth, with pretty decoying pictures, which little children are bidden to read.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala

In poetry:

When Dives, in his silks, a figure made,
And cocker'd up himself with costly fare,
Death came and slew him, for his proud parade:
Fopplings and Epicures, of death beware.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
It is an act, just God! both good and kind,
The body, by such penance, to distress:
Since too much cockering had hurt my mind,
And the spoil'd soul had sicken'd, thro' excess.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person" by Rees Prichard
There's a horse in the race, with a blaze on his face,
And we know he can gallop a docker!
He's proved himself stout, of his speed there's no doubt,
And his jumping's according to Cocker.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
And there were twenty four roses distinct to be seen
Belonging to James Cocker and Sons Aberdeen
Also some beautiful roses as ever sprang from the earth
And some of them belonging to Dickens & Turnbull Perth
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Here his poor bird th' inhuman Cocker brings,
Arms his hard heel and clips his golden wings;
With spicy food th' impatient spirit feeds,
And shouts and curses as the battle bleeds.
Struck through the brain, deprived of both his
"The Parish Register - Part I: Baptisms" by George Crabbe

In news:

The Cocker Spaniel in the United States is a different dog than the Cocker in England, and was developed from the early US importations of the English Cocker Spaniel s.
An unlikely candidate for 'world's meanest dog': The English cocker spaniel .
A floppy-eared, innocent-looking breed may be one of the world's most aggressive dogs, according to a new study that found English cocker spaniel s tend to be more hostile than other breeds.
Gun Dog Group: English Cocker Spaniel .
English Cocker Spaniel FEMALE 4 YEARS OLD  Cle Elum, WA.
The Cocker Spaniel was shown under 25 pounds, and the Field Spaniel was shown over 25 pounds.
Jarvis Cocker performs "Angela" at Galerie Chappe May 10, 2009.
Cocker Spaniel MALE 4 YEARS OLD  Elloree, SC.
Cocker Spaniel FEMALE 4 YEARS OLD  Brooklyn, NY.
Cocker Spaniel Nicky is the Perfect Family Pet.
Cocker spaniel rescued from 30-foot fall into well.
Cocker Spaniel mix named Cookie.
Top black cocker spaniel toppled at Westminster.
Cocker Spaniels make gentle and sweet pets if raised correctly.
Cocker owners frequently describe their dog's personality as amusing and love them because of their playful antics.