verb \ˈkōks\

: to influence or persuade (a person or animal) to do something by talking in a gentle and friendly way

: to get (something) by talking in a gentle and friendly way

: to cause (something) to do something by making a careful and continual effort

Full Definition of COAX

transitive verb
obsolete :  fondle, pet
:  to influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering :  wheedle <coaxed him into going>
:  to draw, gain, or persuade by means of gentle urging or flattery <unable to coax an answer out of him>
:  to manipulate with great perseverance and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity <coax a fire to burn>

Examples of COAX

  1. It took almost an hour to coax the cat down from the tree.
  2. She tried to coax a raise from her boss.
  3. He was unable to coax an answer out of her.
  4. He coaxed the fire to burn by blowing on it.
  5. The plant is difficult to coax into bloom.

Origin of COAX

earlier cokes, from cokes simpleton
First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with COAX


noun co·ax \ˈkō-ˌaks\

Definition of COAX

First Known Use of COAX



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