cosset [ˈkɒsɪt] n.
1.) A lamb reared without the aid of the dam. Hence: A pet, in general.
cosset [ˈkɒsɪt] v. t.
1.) To treat as a pet; to fondle (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary).
Etymology: Possibly from Anglo-Norman coscet, pet lamb, from Middle English cotsete, cottage-dweller, from Old English cotsæta: cot, cottage + sæte, inhabitant.
"But Nature is no sentimentalist,does not cosset or pamper us. We must see that the world is rough and surly, and will not mind drowning a man or a woman; but swallows your ship like a grain of dust. The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple" (The Conduct of Life, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860).
(Das Eismeer, Caspar David Friedrich, 1824)