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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
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  • Then patting' Rose on the head with her little hand said coaxingly, "Be good to-to-the baby, and I'll soon be back."

    Pen Pictures B. F. Craig
  • “Now tell me what they said about the doctor,” she said coaxingly.

    The Bag of Diamonds George Manville Fenn
  • "And it may be possible to speak in a reasonable manner to me," said Goethe, coaxingly.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • “Give the bacon to the cat and put back the egg in the nest,” he said coaxingly.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • "We do on de plant-walt, an' see de hosseys an' bow-wows," she said coaxingly.

    Mamie's Watchword Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
  • “Well, tell it to me, then,” replied Mrs. Meadows coaxingly.

  • "Now, my good lady," he said coaxingly, in a clumsy effort to be amiable.

    John Marsh's Millions Charles Klein
  • "Come on, Fluff," she said coaxingly, grasping the plume-like mane.

    A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia Alice Turner Curtis
  • She came close to me—half timidly yet coaxingly she threw one arm about my neck—her bosom heaved quickly.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • "You don't want to go down there again to-day," said Rufus coaxingly.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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