Simple Definition of coddle
: to treat (someone) with too much care or kindness
Full Definition of coddle
cod·dledcod·dling play \ˈkäd-liŋ, ˈkä-dəl-iŋ\
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>
Examples of coddle
The judges were accused of coddling criminals.
<a hearty, traditional breakfast that included coddled eggs>
Origin of coddle
perhaps from caudle
First Known Use: 1598
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