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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cosseting

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

Examples from the Web for cosseting

Contemporary Examples of cosseting

Historical Examples of cosseting

  • I think you're cosseting me up altogether and I don't like the white bread so well!

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

  • First of all there was the usual ceremony of “cosseting” and drying tears.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • But it seemed to Maurice that he needed as much attention and cosseting as a woman.

    The Graftons

    Archibald Marshall

  • She is the very soul of impartiality; but there is no cosseting.

  • But cosseting and coddling in a warm house will never restore me.

    An Alabaster Box

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for cosseting


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

Word Origin for cosset

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosseting



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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