- a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
- to coddle; pamper.
Origin of mollycoddle
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Examples from the Web for mollycoddle
But to the Mollycoddle she apportions dyspepsia and black bile.
Nations, like men, may be classified roughly as Red-blood and Mollycoddle.
The Mollycoddle engenders ideas, and the Red-blood exploits them.
To be born a Mollycoddle in America is to be born to a hard fate.
The Mollycoddle also despises the Red-blood, but he cannot do without him.
- (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
- a pampered person
Word Origin and History for mollycoddle
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.