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[kod-l] /ˈkɒd l/
verb (used with object), coddled, coddling.
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper:
to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
1590-1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle
Related forms
coddler, noun
uncoddled, adjective
1. indulge, baby, humor, spoil. Unabridged
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  • Past governments have coddled chaebol, but the current one says free-market principles should prevail.
  • In other once-coddled industries, too, governments are starting to dismantle monopolies.
  • Some say the students are unfairly coddled and should be forced more quickly into the mainstream.
  • He is too loved, and therefore too coddled and too easily forgiven.
  • All patients get overwhelmed with the burden of keeping everyone informed, coddled and feeling appreciated.
  • Rogue regimes and lawless nations should not be coddled or appeased.
  • By her own admission, she was a princess who grew up coddled by her father and brothers.
  • Most children are coddled too much and so they grow up expecting it.
  • In cooking, coddled eggs are slightly cooked eggs see coddling.
  • His mother coddled him while his father disapproved of his behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for coddled


verb (transitive)
to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
(Irish, dialect) stew made from ham and bacon scraps
Derived Forms
coddler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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Word Origin and History for coddled



c.1600, "boil gently," probably from caudle "warm drink for invalids" (c.1300), from Anglo-French caudel (c.1300), ultimately from Latin calidium "warm drink, warm wine and water," neuter of calidus "hot," from calere "be warm" (see calorie). Verb meaning "treat tenderly" first recorded 1815 (in Jane Austen's "Emma"). Related: Coddled; coddling.

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