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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coaxingly
Historical Examples
  • Paris on short notice will be cosily and coaxingly intimate.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Come now," she said coaxingly, as she laid them on the table, with the water smoking off the shells.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "You must let me remove these things, and get you into bed at once," she said coaxingly but firmly.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • "Come on, Fluff," she said coaxingly, grasping the plume-like mane.

    A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia

    Alice Turner Curtis
  • "You don't want to go down there again to-day," said Rufus coaxingly.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • Her mistress called to her coaxingly as she ran toward the enclosure.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • "But we might go to Paris and take our dinners," she rejoined, coaxingly.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • "Prescribe some of your nice tonics for me, doctor," said Josephine, coaxingly.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • “Now tell me what they said about the doctor,” she said coaxingly.

    The Bag of Diamonds George Manville Fenn
  • She laid a hand on her husband's arm, and looked up at him coaxingly.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
British Dictionary definitions for coaxingly


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 coaxingly



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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