Origin and Etymology of mollycoddle
First Known Use: 1833See Words from the same year
Examples of mollycoddle in a Sentence
The coach has been mollycoddling the team's star players.
refused to mollycoddle her malingering son and sent him off to school
Recent Examples of mollycoddle from the Web
Both sides are mollycoddling their own predicaments with this talk.
This mollycoddled outdated practices, like harvesting by hand.
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First Known Use of mollycoddle
Synonym Discussion of mollycoddle
- indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse
- pampered by the amenities of modern living
- humored him by letting him tell the story
- foolish parents spoil their children
- babying students by grading too easily
- refused to mollycoddle her malingering son
MOLLYCODDLE Defined for English Language Learners
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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