CODDLES

coddle

[kod-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; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle

coddler, noun
uncoddled, adjective


1. indulge, baby, humor, spoil.
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coddle (ˈkɒdəl)
 
vb
1.  to treat with indulgence
2.  to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
 
n
3.  dialect (Irish) stew made from ham and bacon scraps
 
[C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle]
 
'coddler
 
n

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coddle
c.1600, "boil gently," probably from caudle "warm drink for invalids," from Anglo-Fr. caudel (c.1300), ult. from L. calidium "warm drink," neut. of calidus "hot," from calere "be warm" (see calorie). Verb meaning "treat tenderly" first recorded 1815 (in Jane Austen's "Emma").
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