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mollycoddle

[mol-ee-kod-l]
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noun
  1. a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
verb (used with object), mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling.
  1. to coddle; pamper.

Origin of mollycoddle

First recorded in 1825–35; Molly + coddle
Related formsmol·ly·cod·dler, noun

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2. spoil, indulge, cosset.
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  • But to the Mollycoddle she apportions dyspepsia and black bile.

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  • Nations, like men, may be classified roughly as Red-blood and Mollycoddle.

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  • The Mollycoddle engenders ideas, and the Red-blood exploits them.

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  • To be born a Mollycoddle in America is to be born to a hard fate.

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  • The Mollycoddle also despises the Red-blood, but he cannot do without him.

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British Dictionary definitions for mollycoddle

mollycoddle

verb
  1. (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
noun
  1. a pampered person
Derived Formsmollycoddler, noun

Word Origin

C19: from molly ² + coddle
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Word Origin and History for mollycoddle

v.

also molly-coddle, 1870, from a noun (1833) meaning "one who coddles himself," from Molly (pet name formation from Mary), which had been used contemptuously since 1754 for "a milksop, an effeminate man," + coddle (q.v.). Related: Mollycoddled; mollycoddling.

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