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[kos-it] /ˈkɒs ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.
a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
any pet.
Origin of cosset
1570-80; akin to Old English cossetung kissing, verbal noun based on *cossettan to kiss, derivative of coss kiss
Related forms
uncosseted, adjective Unabridged
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  • They have been cosseted and comforted and the devil has gone out of their blood.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • At Merle Park Tom was cosseted and spoilt by the women very injudiciously.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • Against her he had nursed and cosseted it; for its sake he had made his home desolate and starved his heart.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The Marshal, who had never been so cosseted in his life, went off smiling at Lisbeth, though his heart was aching.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • Then he says: "I wonder why he cosseted up to us last night in the garden so!"

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • She cosseted herself with no false ideas as to the nature of the work which she proposed to undertake.

    Miss Mackenzie Anthony Trollope
  • And Goodwife Dolly, tell her I'll never forget how she cosseted the wildered lamb.'

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for cosseted


verb (transitive) -sets, -seting, -seted
to pamper; coddle; pet
any pet animal, esp a lamb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosseted



1650s, "to fondle, caress, indulge," from a noun (1570s) meaning "lamb brought up as a pet" (applied to persons from 1590s), perhaps from Old English cot-sæta "one who dwells in a cot." Related: Coseted; coseting. Cf. German Hauslamm, Italian casiccio.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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