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mollycoddle

noun mol·ly·cod·dle \ ˈmä-lē-ˌkä-dᵊl \
Updated on: 20 Mar 2018

Definition of mollycoddle

: a pampered or effeminate man or boy

Origin and Etymology of mollycoddle

Molly, nickname for Mary

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mollycoddle

verb

Definition of mollycoddle

mollycoddled; mollycoddling \-ˌkäd-liŋ, -ˌkä-dᵊl-iŋ\
: to treat with an excessive or absurd degree of indulgence and attention

mollycoddler

play \-ˌkäd-lər, -ˌkä-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of mollycoddle in a Sentence

  1. The coach has been mollycoddling the team's star players.

  2. refused to mollycoddle her malingering son and sent him off to school

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First Known Use of mollycoddle

1864

Synonym Discussion of mollycoddle

indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires.
    • indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse
pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect.
    • pampered by the amenities of modern living
humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims.
    • humored him by letting him tell the story
spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering.
    • foolish parents spoil their children
baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude.
    • babying students by grading too easily
mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare.
    • refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

MOLLYCODDLE Defined for English Language Learners

mollycoddle

Definition of mollycoddle for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone) with more kindness and attention than is appropriate : to treat (someone) too nicely or gently



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