Origin of cocker1
- a person who promotes or patronizes cockfights.
Origin of cocker2
- to pamper: to cocker a child.
Origin of cocker3
First recorded in 1495–1505; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for cocker
But Cocker proved to be a survivor, bringing his passionate persona to concert halls around the world decade after decade.
Cocker, for his part, worked briefly as an apprentice gasfitter but decided to take the plunge into the world of commercial music.
When Cocker took on board the black American ethos, he turned it into something completely different.
But, strange to say, Cocker never got inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cocker became an international star in the late 1960s, showing up everywhere from Woodstock to The Ed Sullivan Show.
How then comes Cocker to be the impersonation of Arithmetic?A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
The phrase is ironical; it is as if we should say, "To do this a man must be deep in Cocker."A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
What Mr. Hopdyke needs now is a woman to manage 'im and cocker 'im up a bit.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
The fellow was just a confounded cousin who didn't come up to Cocker.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
They had a dog with them, a cocker spaniel called Bob, but they wanted another.Beautiful Joe
- a devotee of cockfighting
- short for cocker spaniel
- (tr) rare to pamper or spoil by indulgence
- British informal a mate (esp in the phrase old cocker)
C15: perhaps from cock 1 with the sense: to make a cock (i.e. pet) of
- according to Cocker reliable or reliably; correct or correctly
from Edward Cocker (1631–75), English arithmetician
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