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

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

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

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

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • But cosseting and coddling in a warm house will never restore me.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • A few days' rest and feeding up, and plenty of Nurse Marks' cosseting will soon put her to rights.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for cosseting


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 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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