Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with or without object), ca·joled, ca·jol·ing. to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax. Origin of cajole 1635–45;
to cajole or chatter like a jaybird, apparently derivative of
Late Latin caveola
-ola -ole 1
Related forms ca·jole·ment, noun ca·jol·er, noun ca·jol·ing·ly, adverb un·ca·jol·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cajolement 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 cajolement cajole v.
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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