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transitive verbtransitive verb cossets, transitive verb cosseting, transitive verb cosseted, transitive verb cossetted

[with object]
  • Care for and protect in an overindulgent way.

    ‘all her life she'd been cosseted by her family’
    • ‘For a large part its because we've been cosseted and protected by America.’
    • ‘The silence comes from an allegedly compassionate desire to protect or cosset the poor, rather than treating them like responsible adults.’
    • ‘And it's not just pampered pooches and cosseted cats who are in with a chance of stealing the show.’
    • ‘The young Howard Hughes was not helped by his over-protective mother who cosseted him to such an extent that he was not even allowed to go to school for fear he would not be properly looked after.’
    • ‘The successful five were moved into a plush secret location with the kind of kitchen folks like us can only dream about; they were cosseted and counselled, indulged and admired.’
    • ‘Here are a few drinks ideas to help cosset your mum on Mothering Sunday.’
    • ‘No other group in society has been so cosseted from the real world, so protected from the consequences of its own actions and so compensated for its own inadequacies.’
    • ‘Since Christiane's doctor has warned her son that she must never experience any more shocks, Alex cossets his mother in their apartment.’
    • ‘By the end of the first glass of champagne we had been cosseted, pampered and ready for whatever Jacques and Laurent might suggest!’
    • ‘Every woman wants to be adored, loved, cosseted and taken care of and protected.’
    • ‘This is the most delicately flavoured rhubarb there is, cosseted and pampered to keep its subtlety.’
    • ‘After Zac, there is Yvan, the baby, who is cosseted and overfed, with pettishly long hair.’
    • ‘His target was the traditional social model, the set of protections and regulations that have cosseted European workers for so long.’
    • ‘The flowers and bushes are in bloom; flox cossets the rocks on the neighbor's front lawn; at night you can hear the burble of a waterfall across the street.’
    • ‘But she worries about him, and cossets him - and then of course, my father, wonderful man though he is, realises he's got someone at his beck and call and plays up to it.’
    • ‘Nothing cossets these hacks like the conviction that happy people aren't happy.’
    • ‘Instead of unquestioned fealty to one's superior officer, an ambitious soldier might now have to think of cosseting the president and the public, via the media.’
    • ‘The full leather trim is standard, cosseting the occupants, and there are plenty of practical features to assist in making the journey that much more enjoyable.’
    • ‘It seems that in Japanese there is simply no way to say something that simple without cosseting it heavily in a bunch of formal etiquette-stuff.’
    • ‘You are quite cosseted throughout but at the end I felt vulnerable.’
    pamper, indulge, overindulge, mollycoddle, coddle, baby, pet, mother, nanny, nursemaid, pander to, spoon-feed, overparent, spoil
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/ˈkäsət/ /ˈkɑsət/


Mid 16th century (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’.