coddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v coddle cook in nearly boiling water "coddle eggs"
    • v coddle treat with excessive indulgence "grandparents often pamper the children","Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coddle To parboil, or soften by boiling. "It [the guava fruit] may be coddled ."
    • Coddle To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper. "How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas!""He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • coddle To boil gently; seethe; stew, as fruit.
    • coddle To make effeminate by pampering; make much of; treat tenderly as an invalid; humor; pamper.
    • n coddle An over-indulged, pampered being; a person or animal made weak or effeminate by tender treatment.
    • coddle In tobacco manufacturing, to injure by fermentation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Coddle kod′l to pamper: to fondle: to parboil
    • n Coddle an effeminate person
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. caddle, to coax, spoil, fondle, and Cade (a.) & (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

But you've bin as sick as a shag, and as cowld as a coddle.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Here was this young slacker, coddled from birth, absolutely horse-strong and utterly confounded at being told so.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
It needed to be coddled and pampered, and the strain of it told on us.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
It will do for old folks to be coddling themselves, but I want a good time.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
As if his having been coddled and wept over by a strange little girl hadn't been mortifying enough.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
After twenty-four hours in Miss Towell's spare room there was still no hint of anything but coddling.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
He wants to be kissed and coddled, Elinor, and I must be off to my chambers.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
Coddle six pippins in vine leaves covered with water, very gently, that the inside may be done without breaking the skins.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Fennel sauce is good to eat with them, and also coddled gooseberries.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
They ought not to be coddling an old man badly hypped.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

Say I'm neither brave nor young,
Say I woo and coddle care,
Say the devil touched my tongue-
Still you have my heart to wear.
"Fighting Words" by Dorothy Parker
And the crab felt crabedder yet no doubt,
Because the oyster would n't shell out.
The sculpin would sculp, but had n't a model,
And the coddlefish begged for something to coddle.
"Don't You See?" by Katharine Lee Bates

In news:

He says we spend too much time coddling questionable behavior in society.
Lions' Gunther Cunningham takes exception to 'coddled' comment about Ndamukong Suh.
Do we want a government that coddles us, or one that expects us to earn success.
They also appeal to empty-nesters and retirees who want to trade a house and yard for convenience and, sometimes, coddling in a luxury high-rise.
Detroit Pistons Kim English, Khris Middleton won't be coddled in D- League , coach warns.
Connoisseurs drool over the extra-aged spirits, like Macallan 20-year—not available at your ordinary pub—and the rare bottles coddled in "The Crypt".
Detroit Pistons Kim English, Khris Middleton won't be coddled in D-League, coach warns.
Called coddled and over-stimulated, millennials are the first "plugged in" generation.
In an era when some coddled canines are shuttled to and from doggie daycare in jewel-encrusted leather carrying cases, is it any wonder that we want to treat our fuzzy chums to upscale kibble.
We coddle them like beloved pets, but tomatoes refuse to heed our commands.
Many progressives say he coddles business.
Lets quit coddling our offspring and put our foot in there ass.
ELISA NORMAN The Dallas MJ Examiner In our contemporary environment of coddled culture, permissive parenting and emotional pseudo-religious experiences, we have lost sight of the transforming beauty of the scriptures.
BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox found out too late that Bobby Valentine wasn't the manager to straighten out a clubhouse of coddled veterans.
Coddled Eggs with Tunisian Flavors.
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