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[kohks] /koʊks/
verb (used with object)
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
to obtain by coaxing:
We coaxed the secret from him.
to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
  1. to fondle.
  2. to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
to use gentle persuasion.
Origin of coax1
1580-90; v. use of cokes fool (now obsolete), perhaps variant of coxcomb
Related forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
half-coaxing, adjective
half-coaxingly, adverb
uncoaxed, adjective
uncoaxing, adjective


[koh-aks, koh-aks] /koʊˈæks, ˈkoʊ æks/
noun, Electricity
1945-50; by shortening Unabridged
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  • Long ago, people celebrated by lighting bonfires and candles to coax back the sun.
  • Sometimes he stays out all night before she can coax him in.
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  • Shocked rice becomes sullen, and it is difficult to coax out its goodness.
  • Kate began to coax the egg's cytoplasm into the needle.
  • Yes, a good agent knows how to coax and cajole a regretful seller.
  • One of the great challenges in neuroscience has been learning how to coax nerves to regenerate after injuries.
British Dictionary definitions for coax


to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
(transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
(transitive) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desires: he coaxed the engine into starting
(transitive) (obsolete) to caress
(transitive) (obsolete) to deceive
Derived Forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin


short for coaxial cable
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Word Origin and History for coax

1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton" (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.

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coax in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for coax


coaxial cable
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