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coax1

[kohks] /koʊks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
2.
to obtain by coaxing:
We coaxed the secret from him.
3.
to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
4.
Obsolete.
  1. to fondle.
  2. to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
5.
to use gentle persuasion.
Origin
1580-1590
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
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British Dictionary definitions for coaxer

coax1

/kəʊks/
verb
1.
to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
2.
(transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
3.
(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
4.
(transitive) (obsolete) to caress
5.
(transitive) (obsolete) to deceive
Derived Forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin

coax2

/ˈkəʊæks/
noun
1.
short for coaxial cable
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Word Origin and History for coaxer
coax
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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Related Abbreviations for coaxer

coax

coaxial cable
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