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cock·​er ˈkä-kər How to pronounce cocker (audio)
cockered; cockering; cockers


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noun (1)

: a keeper or handler of fighting cocks


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noun (2)

Examples of cocker in a Sentence

Verb overjoyed to be parents at last, they will likely cocker that child shamelessly
Recent Examples on the Web
The couple had frantically packed a few things — tax papers, a couple of changes of underwear, some sweats — and then drove out in separate cars with their two dogs, R.E., a 17-year-old Russell terrier and cocker mix, and Tucker, a 13-year-old beagle. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Given a sturdy obedience foundation and proper introduction to the gun, a typical cocker takes to hunting quickly. Kyle Wintersteen, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023

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Word History



Middle English cokeren

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1655, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocker was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cocker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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