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[mol-ee-kod-l] /ˈmɒl iˌkɒd l/
a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
verb (used with object), mollycoddled, mollycoddling.
to coddle; pamper.
Origin of mollycoddle
1825-35; Molly + coddle
Related forms
mollycoddler, noun
2. spoil, indulge, cosset. Unabridged
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  • But they got four in return: Nick is no mollycoddle, you know.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • But to the mollycoddle she apportions dyspepsia and black bile.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • "You have bred a man, sir, not a mollycoddle," said the young laird quietly.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • The mollycoddle engenders ideas, and the Red-blood exploits them.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Why, the boy was nothing but a mollycoddle, and not much fun.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • The mollycoddle also despises the Red-blood, but he cannot do without him.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • I am sure I don't want to make a mollycoddle, as you call it, of him.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • Nations, like men, may be classified roughly as Red-blood and mollycoddle.

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  • Well, has this mollycoddle stuff in the air infected you, too?

    In And Out Edgar Franklin
  • To be born a mollycoddle in America is to be born to a hard fate.

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British Dictionary definitions for mollycoddle


(transitive) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
a pampered person
Derived Forms
mollycoddler, noun
Word Origin
C19: from molly² + coddle
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Word Origin and History for mollycoddle

also molly-coddle, 1870, from a noun (1833) meaning "one who coddles himself," from Molly (pet name formation from Mary), which had been used contemptuously since 1754 for "a milksop, an effeminate man," + coddle (q.v.). Related: Mollycoddled; mollycoddling.

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