Definition of mollycoddle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒlɪkɒd(ə)l/


[with object]
Treat (someone) in an indulgent or overprotective way: I found school very difficult, and realized I’d been mollycoddled at home (as noun mollycoddling) he was getting too old for such mollycoddling
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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.


An effeminate or ineffectual man or boy: baseball is a game for red-blooded men and mollycoddles better stay out of it
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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.
British informal wet, mummy's boy, chinless wonder, jessie
North American informal pantywaist, cupcake, pussy
Australian/New Zealand informal sook
South African informal moffie
archaic poltroon


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

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