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[kod-l] /ˈkɒd l/
verb (used with object), coddled, coddling.
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper:
to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
Origin of coddle
1590-1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle
Related forms
coddler, noun
uncoddled, adjective
1. indulge, baby, humor, spoil. Unabridged
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  • They rush out to buy the plant, take it home and coddle it in a toasty living room.
  • We need students to learn that it is their responsibility to get their education and no one is going to coddle them.
  • But dads are programmed to challenge their kids, not coddle them.
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  • The staff will coddle you and murmur approvingly as you order.
  • All of this novelty carries risks for a society that has tended to coddle its subscribers, and some discontent has been evident.
  • They are unhappy because the work world will not coddle them the way mom and dad did.
  • If the owner does not intervene electronically to coddle it or clean up its messes, the creature dies.
  • To torment your body, he discovered, is really to value it every bit as much as you do when you coddle it.
  • coddle those clean feet, and get a new medicine cabinet too.
British Dictionary definitions for coddle


verb (transitive)
to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
(Irish, dialect) stew made from ham and bacon scraps
Derived Forms
coddler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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Word Origin and History for coddle

c.1600, "boil gently," probably from caudle "warm drink for invalids" (c.1300), from Anglo-French caudel (c.1300), ultimately from Latin calidium "warm drink, warm wine and water," neuter of calidus "hot," from calere "be warm" (see calorie). Verb meaning "treat tenderly" first recorded 1815 (in Jane Austen's "Emma"). Related: Coddled; coddling.

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