Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cocker spaniel.
  • n. A person who keeps or trains gamecocks.
  • n. A person who promotes or attends cockfights.
  • transitive v. To pamper, spoil, or coddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who breed gamecocks, or arranges cockfights
  • n. a cocker spaniel
  • n. A rustic high shoe, half-boots
  • v. To indulge or pamper (someone).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One given to cockfighting.
  • n. A small dog of the spaniel kind, used for starting up woodcocks, etc.
  • n. A rustic high shoe or half-boots.
  • transitive v. To treat with too great tenderness; to fondle; to indulge; to pamper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fondle; indulge; treat with excessive tenderness; pamper; spoil.
  • n. A quiver.
  • n. plural High shoes or half-boots, laced or buttoned.
  • n. plural Thick stockings without feet, used as an outside protection for the lower part of the leg.
  • n. plural Same as cockermegs.
  • n. A cock-fighter; one who makes a practice of fighting game-cocks, or of training them for fighting.
  • n. A dog of the spaniel kind, trained to start woodcock and snipe in woods and marshes.
  • n. A fighter; a bully.
  • n. A reaper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat with excessive indulgence
  • n. a small breed with wavy silky hair; originally developed in England

Etymologies

Middle English cokeren.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From cock (the bird). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English coker "a quiver, boot" from Old English cocer "quiver, case" from Proto-Germanic *kukur- (“container, case”). More at quiver. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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