Definition of mollycoddle
: a pampered or effeminate man or boy
Origin and Etymology of mollycoddle
Molly, nickname for Mary
First Known Use: 1833
Simple Definition of mollycoddle
: to treat (someone) with more kindness and attention than is appropriate : to treat (someone) too nicely or gently
Full Definition of mollycoddle
: to treat with an excessive or absurd degree of indulgence and attention
mollycoddlerplay \-ˌkäd-lər, -ˌkä-dəl-ər\ noun
Examples of mollycoddle in a sentence
The coach has been mollycoddling the team's star players.
<refused to mollycoddle her malingering son and sent him off to school>
Did You Know?
Coddling eggs is delicate business. You need to cook them slowly and gently, keeping the water just below boiling. Given how carefully you need to treat the eggs, it's not surprising that coddle, the name for the cooking process, developed the figurative sense "to pamper." Mollycoddle was formed by combining coddle with molly, a nickname for Mary. In its earliest known uses in the 1830s, mollycoddle was a noun, a synonym of our modern wimp, but within 30 years it was being used as the verb you're likely to encounter now.
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