coddle

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verb cod·dle \ˈkä-dəl\

Definition of coddle

coddled

;

coddling

play \ˈkäd-liŋ, ˈkä-dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cook (as eggs) in liquid slowly and gently just below the boiling point coddled the eggs for the Caesar salad

  3. 2 :  to treat with extreme or excessive care or kindness :  pamper accused the court of coddling criminals colleges that coddle their athletes

coddler

play \ˈkäd-lər, ˈkä-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of coddle in a sentence

  1. The judges were accused of coddling criminals.

  2. a hearty, traditional breakfast that included coddled eggs

Origin and Etymology of coddle

perhaps from caudle —see caudle


First Known Use: 1598


CODDLE Defined for English Language Learners

coddle

play
verb cod·dle \ˈkä-dəl\

Definition of coddle for English Language Learners

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


CODDLE Defined for Kids

coddle

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verb cod·dle \ˈkä-dəl\

Definition of coddle for Students

coddled

;

coddling

  1. :  to treat with too much care :  pamper



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