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[kuh-johl] /kəˈdʒoʊl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), cajoled, cajoling.
to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax.
Origin of cajole
1635-45; < French cajoler to cajole or chatter like a jaybird, apparently derivative of *cajole birdcage (< Late Latin caveola < Latin cave(a) cage + -ola ole1) + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
cajolement, noun
cajoler, noun
cajolingly, adverb
uncajoling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cajoled
  • He had to be dragged to press conferences, and cajoled into releasing data and writing up papers.
  • They cajoled scientists to tutor them by phone and fax and email late into the night.
  • These folks may make a mint peddling personal info, but they can be cajoled into stopping.
  • When he came to the door in the kitchen that leads to the back yard, he cajoled the soldiers into accompanying him.
  • Gravediggers had to be bribed and cajoled into producing a sufficiently deep hole.
  • The partner monkey hardly ever actively threatened or cajoled the chooser either.
  • Estimates vary about how many of these people might be cajoled or encouraged back to work.
  • Companies must be cajoled or bribed into building gas storage.
  • If it does not change it can be cajoled and punished accordingly.
  • Nevertheless-and as with the euro referendum on the mainland-many people fear that they will be cajoled into submission.
British Dictionary definitions for cajoled


to persuade (someone) by flattery or pleasing talk to do what one wants; wheedle; coax
Derived Forms
cajolement, noun
cajoler, noun
cajolery, noun
cajolingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French cajoler to coax, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cajoled



1640s, from French cajoler "to cajole, wheedle, coax," perhaps a blend of Middle French cageoler "to chatter like a jay" (16c., from gajole, southern diminutive of geai "jay;" see jay (n.)), and Old French gaioler "to cage, entice into a cage" (see jail (n.)). Related: Cajoled; cajoling.

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