coddle


cod·dle

verb \ˈkä-dəl\

: to treat (someone) with too much care or kindness

cod·dledcod·dling \ˈkäd-liŋ, ˈkä-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of CODDLE

transitive verb
1
:  to cook (as eggs) in liquid slowly and gently just below the boiling point
2
:  to treat with extreme or excessive care or kindness :  pamper <accused the court of coddling criminals>
cod·dler \ˈkäd-lər, ˈkä-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of CODDLE

  1. The judges were accused of coddling criminals.
  2. <a hearty, traditional breakfast that included coddled eggs>

Origin of CODDLE

perhaps from caudle
First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with CODDLE

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