Definition: to pamper or treat as a pet, to fondle, caress or indulge.
This mushy verb dated back to the 1650’s and originates from the Anglo-Norman coscet meaning a pet lamb. Although the word began its way applying to animals, it has been applied for persons as of the 1590’s.
Why this word?
I am all for lambs, but clearly, treating one as a pet in the 1600’s wasn’t too wise as it should have been treated as dinner… This misappropriation may have brought a few sunny days for the lamb, but probably resulted in many tears for the innocent kids who cosset that lamb.
This word reminds me that what seems to be nice and loving on Sunday, would not surely be so on Monday… Certain love exists for your better half, a different sort is there for your children while a completely other way of loving is there for your pets… Do not mistake them.
How to use cosset?
Cosset is a verb, an action, so you better actually not use it… But referring to the word, it simply means loving someone too much and not in the best way…
“Cosseting your children makes it more difficult for them to develop self-reliance as the mature“.
“Jane cossets John so badly, I’m not sure he still has the ability of washing the dishes or doing his laundry. He is like a little boy all over again!”