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
Recent Examples of coddle from the Web
Yet Ms. Merkel, campaigning for a fourth term from voters who cherish the environment but rarely coddle American presidents, insisted there was no rift.
Parent Rune Sodonis said later start times would only coddle students, as opposed to teaching them that hard work and doing better than the other guy is what breeds success in life.
Whether glaciers cut or coddle the mountains below depends on climate, Thomson says.
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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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