Definition of cocker spaniel in US English:

cocker spaniel

(also cocker)


  • A small spaniel of a breed with a silky coat.

    • ‘Small spaniel dogs weighing up to 25 pounds were called cockers because they were used to hunt woodcocks.’
    • ‘Lannie sat on the floor, grinning happily, as a puppy cocker spaniel, Pounce, jumped in glee around her.’
    • ‘The association had listed the cocker among 40 breeds deemed ‘not good’ with children.’
    • ‘The family's two dogs, a cocker spaniel and a Siberian husky had the run of the house.’
    • ‘It was the family's other dog, a three-year-old cocker spaniel, who alerted them to the fact that the old dog, Angus, had got out of the garden of their home.’
    pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparent
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Early 19th century: from cock + -er (the dog was bred to flush out game birds such as woodcock).


cocker spaniel

/ˌkäkər ˈspanyəl//ˌkɑkər ˈspænjəl/