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Sunday, April 30, 2000


\KOSS-it\ , transitive verb;
To treat as a pet; to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
A pet, especially a pet lamb.
Sumner's parents, for instance, were routinely attended by butlers, maids, coachmen and grooms while little Sumner and his sister, Emily, were pampered and cosseted from infancy by nurserymaids and governesses.
-- Benjamin Welles, Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist
Assunta played a larger role in the lives of her children, whom she cosseted and cared for as best she could.
-- Patricia Albers, Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti
In these two years, Adolf lived a life of parasitic idleness -- funded, provided for, looked after, and cosseted by a doting mother, with his own room in the comfortable flat in the Humboldtstrasse in Linz, which the family had moved into in June 1905.
-- Ian Kershaw, Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris
Cosset comes from the noun cosset, "a pet lamb."
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