[ kuh-koo-ning ]
/ kəˈku nɪŋ /


the practice of spending leisure time at home, especially watching television or using a VCR.

Origin of cocooning

An Americanism dating back to 1985–90

Definition for cocooning (2 of 2)

[ kuh-koon ]
/ kəˈkun /


verb (used without object)

to produce a cocoon.

verb (used with object)

Origin of cocoon

1690–1700; < French cocon < Provençal coucoun egg-shell, equivalent to coco shell (< Latin coccum; see cochineal) + French -on diminutive suffix


co·coon·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for cocooning

/ (kəˈkuːn) /


  1. a silky protective envelope secreted by silkworms and certain other insect larvae, in which the pupae develop
  2. a similar covering for the eggs of the spider, earthworm, etc
a protective spray covering used as a seal on machinery
a cosy warm covering


(tr) to wrap in a cocoon

Word Origin for cocoon

C17: from French cocon, from Provençal coucoun eggshell, from coco shell, from Latin coccum kermes berry, from Greek kokkos grain, seed, berry; compare coccus
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Scientific definitions for cocooning

[ kə-kōōn ]

A case or covering of silky strands spun by an insect larva and inhabited for protection during its pupal stage.
A similar protective structure, such as the egg cases made by spiders or earthworms.
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