cos·set [cosset cossets cosseted cosseting] BrE [ˈkɒsɪt] NAmE [ˈkɑːsɪt] verb ~ sb (often disapproving)
to treat sb with a lot of care and give them a lot of attention, sometimes too much
• As a child, she had been spoiled and cosseted.
mid 16th cent. (as a noun denoting a lamb brought up by hand, later a spoiled child): probably from Anglo-Norman French coscet ‘cottager’, from Old English cotsǣta ‘cottar’ (a farm labourer occupying a cottage in return for labour).
treat with excessive indulgence
- grandparents often pamper the children
- Let's not mollycoddle our students!
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||A lamb reared without the aid of the dam. Hence: A pet, in general.|
|v. t.||1.||To treat as a pet; to fondle.|
She was cosseted and posseted and prayed over and made much of.
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