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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 cajole
  • Managers and promoters come up and flatter him, cajole him into working for them, but at last he escapes again.
  • Upon her arrival at such places her first chore was to charm and cajole the villagers into working without pay.
  • Duveen could determine which multimillionaire would most appreciate it and then cajole and flatter him into the purchase.
  • You have let her cajole you into bending the rules for her.
  • The two older siblings do everything they can to cajole her (while the youngest plays with her doll).
  • His elaborate file system helps to refresh his memory about whomever it is he is going to meet, cajole or pressure.
  • The combination of the blunt text and bold pictures might even help cajole reluctant bathers to get their feet wet.
  • All the president can do is threaten and cajole from the sidelines.
  • Dodo wishes she could climb onto the page, become one of her husband's protagonists and cajole him to pay attention to her.
  • Stewart, who is 6 foot 5, says he managed to cajole a gate agent into seating him there anyway.
British Dictionary definitions for cajole


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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