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cosset

[kos-it] /ˈkɒs ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.
noun
2.
a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
3.
any pet.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; akin to Old English cossetung kissing, verbal noun based on *cossettan to kiss, derivative of coss kiss
Related forms
uncosseted, adjective
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cosset

/ˈkɒsɪt/
verb (transitive) -sets, -seting, -seted
1.
to pamper; coddle; pet
noun
2.
any pet animal, esp a lamb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosseting

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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