1 [kohks]
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.
to fondle.
to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
to use gentle persuasion.

1580–90; v. use of cokes fool (now obsolete), perhaps variant of coxcomb

coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
half-coaxing, adjective
half-coaxingly, adverb
uncoaxed, adjective
uncoaxing, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
coax1 (kəʊks)
1.  to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
2.  (tr) to obtain by persistent coaxing
3.  (tr) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desires: he coaxed the engine into starting
4.  obsolete (tr) to caress
5.  obsolete (tr) to deceive
[C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin]

coax2 (ˈkəʊæks)
short for coaxial cable

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Word Origin & History

1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton;" modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock.
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American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
coaxial cable
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Example sentences
She gazes at the viewer, her face showing a wisp of a smile that seems to have
  been coaxed from off-camera.
Most tend to be biennials, but some can be coaxed into a second year of bloom
  if spent flowers are removed before they set seed.
Still, there are some signs that the long-term jobless can be coaxed back into
  the working world.
The researchers have coaxed those cells into becoming heart, liver, and other
  organ cells.
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