- 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.
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
- to use gentle persuasion.
Origin of coax1
Examples from the Web for coaxing
Mondavi also realized the value of coaxing trophy names from Bordeaux into opening wineries in Napa.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
The driver in his black suit, white shirt, and black tie shook the reins, coaxing the white horses ahead.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
She hypnotized Cory with her free spirit, freer hair, and asinine name, coaxing him out of his shell and into love with her.‘Boy Meets World’ Turns 20: The Silly Show We Can’t Help but Love
September 24, 2013
This may even come to be a way of coaxing Vietnam into greater democracy.A Tattered Special Relationship
November 4, 2010
But soon he began documenting his entire life, recording dinner parties, conversations, and coaxing his wife into bed.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
December 14, 2009
I kissed her, and answered in a coaxing tone, "It is Thursday, and I have no music lesson.'"My Double Life
A trail of coaxing calls and offers followed Florent as he passed along.The Fat and the Thin
I am not used to coaxing people to work for me; it is usually the other way around.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
"You can do what you like with me, with your coaxing and woaxing," said Nancy.The Manxman
To the abuse in front and the coaxing behind she was equally indifferent.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
- to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
- (tr) to obtain by persistent coaxing
- (tr) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desireshe coaxed the engine into starting
- (tr) obsolete to caress
- (tr) obsolete to deceive
- short for coaxial cable
Word Origin and History for coaxing
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.