mollycoddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mollycoddle treat with excessive indulgence "grandparents often pamper the children","Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
    • n mollycoddle a pampered darling; an effeminate man
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mollycoddle One who lacks resolution, energy, or hardihood; an effeminate man: used in derision or contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mollycoddle an effeminate fellow
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Usage

In literature:

I'm no mollycoddle if I have been sick.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
There's too much mollycoddling of these agricultural labourers, that's what I say.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 29, 1893" by Various
In my time, fellows at sea didn't go in for slops and mollycoddling, as all of you do now.
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson
These are mollycoddle times in all departments.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
So, though November was raw, she maintained her discipline and refused to mollycoddle us.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
I can't stand it all the time being a mollycoddle.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
You must not think that Inga was a mollycoddle or a prig, because he was so solemn and studious.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
But the foreman was no mollycoddle, and with one lightning-like motion unlimbered his .45 and began to shoot.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Mollycoddles are no good on the trail.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
I don't want my boy to be a mollycoddle.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
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In news:

Accumulating statistics show today's mollycoddled kids prefer the comforting velvet-cushion homespun pampering of the parental home to the cold realities of independent living.
Which was something else that none of Primo 's enablers, mollycoddlers, and media buddies had bothered to tell him as he accumulated his press clippings.
Harrison Ford Has No Time to Mollycoddle Shia LaBeouf.
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