Definition of mollycoddle in English:


Syllabification: mol·ly·cod·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈmälēˌkädl


[with object]
  • Treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively.
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    • The temptation to mollycoddle people who are unable to deal with insulting challenges to themselves or their beliefs is very strong.
    • He wrote that the function of fantasy was ‘consolation’, thereby making it an article of policy that a fantasy writer should mollycoddle the reader.
    • Following the successful implementation of the smoking ban in enclosed public places, they have devised a plan to mollycoddle us into wellness.


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  • An effeminate or ineffectual man or boy; a milksop.
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    • He wants nothing to do with such mollycoddles!
    • He agrees with me, and he's no mollycoddle in the critical ring.


mid 19th century: from molly 'girl or prostitute' (see moll) + coddle.

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