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Sep 3, 2015
This week’s theme
Verbs

This week’s words
fribble
belie
descry
cosset
beleaguer

cosset
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cosset

PRONUNCIATION:
(KOS-et)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To pamper.
noun: A pet; a spoiled child.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, probably from Old English cotsaeta (cot sitter or cot dweller). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sed- (to sit), which is also the source of sit, chair, saddle, assess, sediment, soot, cathedral, tetrahedron, sessile, surcease, assiduous, and eyas. Earliest documented use: 1579.

USAGE:
“As the youngest of six surviving children, Tom was distinctly cosseted, especially by his doting mother.”
Michael Dirda; T.S. Eliot’s American Childhood; The Washington Post; Apr 15, 2015.

See more usage examples of cosset in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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