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[kuh-johl] /kəˈdʒoʊl/
verb (used with or 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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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 cajole

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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cajole in Technology
(Chris And John's Own LanguagE) A dataflow language developed by Chris Hankin and John Sharp at Westfield College.
["The Data Flow Programming Language CAJOLE: An Informal Introduction", C.L. Hankin et al, SIGPLAN Notices 16(7):35-44 (Jul 1981)].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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