- 1Treat (someone) in an indulgent or overprotective way: I was coddled and cossetedMore 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.
- 2Cook (an egg) in water below boiling point: you may have your eggs scrambled, poached, coddled, or boiledMore 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.
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- 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.
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'.