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mollycoddle

[mol-ee-kod-l] /ˈmɒl iˌkɒd l/
noun
1.
a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
verb (used with object), mollycoddled, mollycoddling.
2.
to coddle; pamper.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; Molly + coddle
Related forms
mollycoddler, noun
Synonyms
2. spoil, indulge, cosset.
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British Dictionary definitions for mollycoddling

mollycoddle

/ˈmɒlɪˌkɒdəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
noun
2.
a pampered person
Derived Forms
mollycoddler, noun
Word Origin
C19: from molly² + coddle
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Word Origin and History for mollycoddling

mollycoddle

v.

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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