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[kok-er-uh l, kok-ruh l] /ˈkɒk ər əl, ˈkɒk rəl/
a young domestic cock.
Origin of cockerel
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, cockerel is from the late Middle English word cokerelle. See cock1, -rel Unabridged
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  • Little you know, my cockerel, how facile a brain your 'bus so lightly bears.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Thought some o' takin' out a policy o' insurance on my cockerel.

    The Village Convict Heman White Chaplin
  • Then he said: 'Poultry, cockerel, now I will do the like by thee.'

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • A single sound, like the scream of a cockerel, escaped from Hedvig.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • Still, Master Paul, thine uncle was not so young as thou, my cockerel.

  • This was his first sight of pirates, and he was as full of fight as a cockerel.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • The word "cockerel," as is seen at a glance, is the diminutive of "cock."

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • And for you, my half-bred Spanish cockerel, know once and for all that this maid is for your betters.

    Montezuma's Daughter H. Rider Haggard
  • Henrietta Hen said that she hadn't noticed which cockerel it was.

    The Tale of Henrietta Hen Arthur Scott Bailey
  • He will find me too hot a cockerel, as he calls me, to venture upon our colors again.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for cockerel


/ˈkɒkərəl; ˈkɒkrəl/
a young domestic cock, usually less than a year old
Word Origin
C15: diminutive of cock1
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Word Origin and History for cockerel

"young cock," mid-15c. (late 12c. as a surname), apparently a diminutive of cock (n.1). Despite the form, no evidence that it is from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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