Definition of coddle
coddlingplay \ˈkäd-liŋ, ˈkä-dəl-iŋ\
1 : to cook (something, such as eggs) in liquid slowly and gently just below the boiling point coddled the eggs for the Caesar salad
2 : to treat with extreme or excessive care or kindness : pamper accused the court of coddling criminals colleges that coddle their athletes
coddlerplay \ˈkäd-lər, ˈkä-dəl-ər\ noun
Examples of coddle in a sentence
The judges were accused of coddling criminals.
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
Definition of coddle for English Language Learners
: to treat (someone) with too much care or kindness
CODDLE Defined for Kids
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