coddle

verb
cod·​dle | \ ˈkä-dᵊl How to pronounce coddle (audio) \
coddled; coddling\ ˈkäd-​liŋ How to pronounce coddling (audio) , ˈkä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of coddle

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from coddle

coddler \ ˈkäd-​lər How to pronounce coddler (audio) , ˈkä-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

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Examples of coddle in a Sentence

The judges were accused of coddling criminals. a hearty, traditional breakfast that included coddled eggs
Recent Examples on the Web Your feet might be your most essential outdoor tools, so coddle them. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Gear for Not Trudging Through the Snow," 17 Dec. 2019 The point remains to all but the dimmest: Obama coddled, appeased, nurtured and protected the worlds No. 1 sponsor of terror. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Seth Meyers roasts Rep. Paul Gosar for misleading, Photoshopped tweet. Of COURSE he does," 8 Jan. 2020 The point remains to all but the dimmest: Obama coddled, appeased, nurtured and protected the worlds No. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Republican congressman shares fake photo of Obama with Iranian president on Twitter," 6 Jan. 2020 The rich literary world that Ellison came to inhabit was a man’s world, but one supported by the labor of wives who nurtured, cooked, cleaned, read, typed, edited, coddled, tended to the wounds of ego and offered affirmation. Saidiya Hartman, New York Times, "Ralph Ellison’s Letters Reveal a Complex Philosopher of Black Expression," 19 Dec. 2019 Obviously a high-schooler can be too attached or coddled and just show it in different ways than a toddler would. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "3-year-old son wants to be held constantly," 26 Oct. 2019 Obviously a high-schooler can be too attached or coddled and just show it in different ways than a toddler would. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Parent done with constantly carrying 3-year-old toddler," 26 Oct. 2019 Obviously a high schooler can be too attached or coddled and just show it in different ways than a toddler would. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Can a 3-year-old who always wants to be held ever hold his own?," 25 Oct. 2019 Despite this, Sanchez seemed to constantly vacillate between coddled superstar and resented afterthought, with little time to find comfort as just the starting quarterback. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Mark Sanchez’s Career Deserves More Than to Be Defined by One Play," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of coddle

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coddle

perhaps altered from caudle "to administer a caudle to," verbal derivative of caudle

Note: 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.

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The first known use of coddle was in 1598

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14 Feb 2020

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“Coddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coddled. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for coddle

coddle

verb
How to pronounce coddle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of coddle

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

coddle

verb
cod·​dle | \ ˈkä-dᵊl How to pronounce coddle (audio) \
coddled; coddling

Kids Definition of coddle

: to treat with too much care : pamper

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