Definition of coddle in English:

coddle

Line breaks: cod¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒd(ə)l
 
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verb

[with object]
1Treat (someone) in an indulgent or overprotective way: I was coddled and cosseted
More example sentences
  • I watched in amazement as the players were coddled and treated like gods.
  • Being the baby of the family he was coddled and treated like glass, as if he would break.
  • I want to baby you, and coddle you, and spoil you for the rest of my life.
Synonyms
2Cook (an egg) in water below boiling point: you may have your eggs scrambled, poached, coddled, or boiled
More example sentences
  • If you don't know how to coddle an egg, here's how: Poke a hole in the bottom with a pin.
  • Eggs can be cooked easily and quickly in any number of pleasant ways - poached, fried, scrambled, boiled, coddled, baked and even deep-fried.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'boil (fruit) gently'): origin uncertain; sense 1 is probably a dialect variant of obsolete caudle 'administer invalids' gruel', based on Latin caldum 'hot drink', from calidus 'warm'.

Derivatives

coddler

noun
More example sentences
  • We should not allow corporate coddlers like these men to repackage themselves as born-again crusaders for reform.
  • If we do not, we allow our opponents to say we are coddlers of evil, allowing an oppressor to rule unchecked.
  • He painted a picture of a painful childhood with parents who were certainly not coddlers.

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