Definition of cocker spaniel in English:

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cocker spaniel

Pronunciation: /ˌkäkər ˈspanyəl/
(also cocker)


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A small spaniel of a breed with a silky coat.
Example sentences
  • The association had listed the cocker among 40 breeds deemed ‘not good’ with children.
  • Small spaniel dogs weighing up to 25 pounds were called cockers because they were used to hunt woodcocks.
  • The family's two dogs, a cocker spaniel and a Siberian husky had the run of the house.


Early 19th century: from cock1 + -er1 (because the dog was bred to flush game birds such as woodcock, for shooting).

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Syllabification: cock·er span·iel

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