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cosset

[kos-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.
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noun
  1. a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
  2. any pet.
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Origin of cosset

1570–80; akin to Old English cossetung kissing, verbal noun based on *cossettan to kiss, derivative of coss kiss
Related formsun·cos·set·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cosset

Historical Examples

  • Well would the King, to save his soul, placate and cosset his wife.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford

  • "Here, open your mouth, Cosset," he said to the lamb that he still held.

    Beautiful Joe

    Marshall Saunders

  • I will cosset her up a little when I get to the country, and make a fuss over her.

  • So you may, and I will feed you as if you were my cosset lamb.

  • For once, there were no sentimental women waiting to cosset the bandit.


British Dictionary definitions for cosset

cosset

verb -sets, -seting or -seted (tr)
  1. to pamper; coddle; pet
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noun
  1. any pet animal, esp a lamb
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosset

v.

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.

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