Etymology
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cocker (n.)

"spaniel dog trained to start woodcock and snipe in woods and marshes," 1811, from cock (n.1).

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Definitions of cocker
1
cocker (v.)
treat with excessive indulgence;
Synonyms: pamper / featherbed / cosset / baby / coddle / mollycoddle / spoil / indulge
2
cocker (n.)
a small breed with wavy silky hair; originally developed in England;
Synonyms: cocker spaniel / English cocker spaniel
From wordnet.princeton.edu