cosset

[kos-it]
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noun
  1. a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
  2. 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 formsun·cos·set·ed, adjective
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Related Words for cosseted

fondle, lamb, love, pamper, pet, cuddle, caress, spoil

Examples from the Web for cosseted

Contemporary Examples of cosseted

Historical Examples of cosseted

  • And you always a-telling me as squire said he wasn't to be coddled and cosseted.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

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

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • They have been cosseted and comforted and the devil has gone out of their blood.

  • Boys were not cosseted in those days, but made to feel the rod and keep their place.

  • I hope the kind old goodwife is well, who cosseted me so lovingly.'

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit

    Charlotte M. Yonge


British Dictionary definitions for cosseted

cosset

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

Word Origin for cosset

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosseted

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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