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[kohks] /koʊks/
verb (used with object)
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
to obtain by coaxing:
We coaxed the secret from him.
to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
  1. to fondle.
  2. to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
to use gentle persuasion.
Origin of coax1
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


[koh-aks, koh-aks] /koʊˈæks, ˈkoʊ æks/
noun, Electricity.
First recorded in 1945-50; by shortening Unabridged
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  • And theres a boy lives in our street that coaxes me to have a game with him once in a while.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • When I get hold of you again, I'll see that no one coaxes you away.

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  • He bows to her, and coaxes her until he gets between her and the water so that she cannot escape him.

  • It coaxes gold to the mint, keeps it there, and does away permanently with bond issues.

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  • She coaxes me to rush after her, so as to wean me away from her brood.

  • The doctor spoke in the tone of one who coaxes a spoiled child.

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  • How can he be true to me if she coaxes him to woo her and if he puts his arm—I am losing him; I know it.

  • She coaxes him again, and says: "Now tell me the secret of this great strength?"

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  • Who coaxes the flowers from the ground, only that the frost may nip them?

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British Dictionary definitions for coaxes


to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
(transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
(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
(transitive) (obsolete) to caress
(transitive) (obsolete) to deceive
Derived Forms
coaxer, noun
coaxingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin


short for coaxial cable
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Word Origin and History for coaxes



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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