any of a breed of small spaniels with a compact body, short legs, long, silky hair, and long, drooping ears
Origin of cocker spanielfrom its use in hunting (wood)cock
- A dog of a breed developed in the United States, having long drooping ears and a variously colored silky coat. It is smaller and has a more rounded head than the English cocker spaniel. Also called American cocker spaniel .
- Chiefly British An English cocker spaniel.
Origin of cocker spanielFrom its original use in hunting woodcocks
American cocker spaniel