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coax1

[kohks] /koʊks/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
2.
to obtain by coaxing:
We coaxed the secret from him.
3.
to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
4.
Obsolete.
  1. to fondle.
  2. to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
5.
to use gentle persuasion.
Origin of coax1
1580-1590
1580-90; v. use of cokes fool (now obsolete), perhaps variant of coxcomb
Related forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
half-coaxing, adjective
half-coaxingly, adverb
uncoaxed, adjective
uncoaxing, adjective

coax2

[koh-aks, koh-aks] /koʊˈæks, ˈkoʊ æks/
noun, Electricity.
Origin
First recorded in 1945-50; by shortening
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  • coax him to let you teach him—and bear with him if he should sing out of tune.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Yates gathered some fuel, and managed to coax the dying embers into a blaze.

  • What if he could coax her to go to Sunday school; perhaps it would do for her all that it had done for him.

  • No matter how he might coax and try to make her smile, she would return no answer.

  • As for her tryin' to coax him to leave her money, that's just rubbish.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for coax

coax1

/kəʊks/
verb
1.
to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
2.
(transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
3.
(transitive) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desires: he coaxed the engine into starting
4.
(transitive) (obsolete) to caress
5.
(transitive) (obsolete) to deceive
Derived Forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin

coax2

/ˈkəʊæks/
noun
1.
short for coaxial cable
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Word Origin and History for coax
v.

1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton" (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.

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