Definition of cajole
1a : to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance : coax <had to cajole them into going>b : to obtain from someone by gentle persuasion <cajoled money from his parents>
2 : to deceive with soothing words or false promises <cajoled himself with thoughts of escape — Robertson Davies>
cajolementplay \-ˈjōl-mənt\ noun
cajoleryplay \-ˈjō-lə-rē\ noun
Examples of cajole in a sentence
<cajoled her into doing his laundry for him>
Did You Know?
Cajole comes from a French verb, cajoler, which is all about cajoling, coaxing, and chattering. You might not think to associate "cajole" with "cage," but some etymologists theorize that "cajoler" is connected to not one but two words for "cage." One of them is the Anglo-French cage, from which we borrowed our own word cage. It comes from Latin cavea, meaning "cage." The other is the Anglo-French word for "birdcage," which is "gaiole." It's an ancestor of our word jail, and it derives from Late Latin caveola, which means "little cage." Anglo-French speakers had a related verb, "gaioler," which meant "to chatter like a jay in a cage." It's possible that "cajoler" is a combination of "gaioler" and "cage."
Origin and Etymology of cajole
First Known Use: 1630
Synonym Discussion of cajole
CAJOLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cajole for English Language Learners
: to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by making promises or saying nice things
CAJOLE Defined for Kids
Definition of cajole for Students
: to coax or persuade especially by flattery or false promises <She cajoled me into accompanying her.>
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