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

  • When I get hold of you again, I'll see that no one coaxes you away.

    Helen Grant's Schooldays Amanda M. Douglas
  • It caresses the prevailing commonness and ugliness, and coaxes it into a semblance of beauty in spite of itself.

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

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

    The Redemption of David Corson Charles Frederic Goss
  • It coaxes gold to the mint, keeps it there, and does away permanently with bond issues.

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  • She coaxes her with all sorts of modest phrases and humble offerings of respect and goodwill.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 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.

  • It coaxes out more digestive fluid, and it lightens the task which that fluid has to perform.

    Tobacco and Alcohol John Fiske
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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