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verb (used with object)
  1. to pamper: to cocker a child.
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Origin of cocker3

First recorded in 1495–1505; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for cockered

Historical Examples

  • What's the House of Commons that it should be cockered up with the truth?

    Phyllis of Philistia

    Frank Frankfort Moore

  • I have not been cockered in wantonness or indulgence; my youth was one of exile and suffering.

    Quentin Durward

    Sir Walter Scott

  • We in the West and South have been like David, cockered and pampered overmuch.

  • Her eyes shone at the thought of the cockered childhood this had been.

  • You have, I dare say, been cockered up at the Marchesa's with made dishes.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for cockered


  1. a devotee of cockfighting
  2. short for cocker spaniel
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  1. (tr) rare to pamper or spoil by indulgence
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  1. British informal a mate (esp in the phrase old cocker)
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Word Origin

C15: perhaps from cock 1 with the sense: to make a cock (i.e. pet) of


  1. according to Cocker reliable or reliably; correct or correctly
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Word Origin

from Edward Cocker (1631–75), English arithmetician
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