mollycoddle


1mol·ly·cod·dle

noun \ˈmä-lē-ˌkä-dəl\

Definition of MOLLYCODDLE

:  a pampered or effeminate man or boy

Origin of MOLLYCODDLE

Molly, nickname for Mary
First Known Use: 1833

Rhymes with MOLLYCODDLE

2mollycoddle

verb

: to treat (someone) with more kindness and attention than is appropriate : to treat (someone) too nicely or gently

mollycod·dledmollycod·dling \-ˌkäd-liŋ, -ˌkä-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of MOLLYCODDLE

transitive verb
:  to treat with an excessive or absurd degree of indulgence and attention
mol·ly·cod·dler \-ˌkäd-lər, -ˌkä-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of MOLLYCODDLE

  1. The coach has been mollycoddling the team's star players.
  2. <refused to mollycoddle her malingering son and sent him off to school>

First Known Use of MOLLYCODDLE

1864

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