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 (something, such 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 altered from caudle “to administer a caudle to,” verbal derivative of caudle The meaning “to pamper,” earlier “to treat as if in need of nursing,” attested from the second half of the 18th century, cannot be related with certainty to the cooking sense and may be of distinct origin.


First Known Use: 1598


CODDLE Defined for English Language Learners

coddle

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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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