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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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  • Moreover, no amount of coaxing, cajoling or dire prophecy seems to avail in altering the conditions.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • His letters are skilful, even masterly, cajoling, yet characteristic.

  • He rode after us with his Lowlanders, protesting, threatening, cajoling in vain.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • I knew he didnt, even at the time she was flattering and cajoling us.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The face of his old acquaintance had vanished; this was a cajoling, coquettish, smiling face, suggesting undreamed-of things.

British Dictionary definitions for cajoling


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 cajoling



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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