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[kuh-johl] /kəˈdʒoʊl/
verb (used with or without object), cajoled, cajoling.
to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax.
Origin of cajole
1635-45; < French cajoler to cajole or chatter like a jaybird, apparently derivative of *cajole birdcage (< Late Latin caveola < Latin cave(a) cage + -ola -ole1) + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
cajolement, noun
cajoler, noun
cajolingly, adverb
uncajoling, adjective Unabridged
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  • Her voice was that with which one seeks to cajole a terrified infant.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It takes something more than words to cajole them to do our will, to cover us with glory.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • It was as if they were all leagued in a conspiracy to deceive and cajole.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • How he managed to cajole the publishers in the beginning he does not tell us.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • She tried to argue, to cajole, and to appear defiant, but all was useless.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for cajole


to persuade (someone) by flattery or pleasing talk to do what one wants; wheedle; coax
Derived Forms
cajolement, noun
cajoler, noun
cajolery, noun
cajolingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French cajoler to coax, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cajole

1640s, from French cajoler "to cajole, wheedle, coax," perhaps a blend of Middle French cageoler "to chatter like a jay" (16c., from gajole, southern diminutive of geai "jay;" see jay (n.)), and Old French gaioler "to cage, entice into a cage" (see jail (n.)). Related: Cajoled; cajoling.

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