from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pamper.
- n. A pet, especially a pet lamb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to treat like a pet; to overly indulge
- n. a pet; often specifically a pet lamb
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lamb reared without the aid of the dam. Hence: A pet, in general.
- transitive v. To treat as a pet; to fondle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lamb brought up by hand, or without the aid of the dam; a pet lamb.
- n. A pet of any kind.
- To fondle; make a pet of; nurse fondly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with excessive indulgence
Possibly from Anglo-Norman coscet, pet lamb, from Middle English cotsete, cottage-dweller, from Old English cotsǣta : cot, cottage + sǣta, -sǣte, inhabitant; see sed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)