mollycoddling

mollycoddle

[mol-ee-kod-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:
1825–35; Molly + coddle

mollycoddler, noun


2. spoil, indulge, cosset.
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mollycoddle (ˈmɒlɪˌkɒdəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
 
n
2.  a pampered person
 
[C19: from molly² + coddle]
 
'mollycoddler
 
n

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mollycoddle
1833, originally a noun, "one who coddles himself," from Molly (pet name formation from Mary), used contemptuously from 1754 for "a milksop, an effeminate man" + coddle (q.v.). The verb is 1870, from the noun.
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