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coddle

[kod-l] /ˈkɒd l/
verb (used with object), coddled, coddling.
1.
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper:
to coddle children when they're sick.
2.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle
Related forms
coddler, noun
uncoddled, adjective
Synonyms
1. indulge, baby, humor, spoil.
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British Dictionary definitions for coddler

coddle

/ˈkɒdəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to treat with indulgence
2.
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
noun
3.
(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 coddler

coddle

v.

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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