verb (used with or without object), ca·joled, ca·jol·ing.

to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax.

Origin of cajole

1635–45; < French cajoler to cajole or chatter like a jaybird, apparently derivative of *cajole birdcage (< Late Latin caveola < Latin cave(a) cage + -ola -ole1) + -er infinitive suffix
Related formsca·jole·ment, nounca·jol·er, nounca·jol·ing·ly, adverbun·ca·jol·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cajole

Contemporary Examples of cajole

Historical Examples of cajole

  • Her voice was that with which one seeks to cajole a terrified infant.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It takes something more than words to cajole them to do our will, to cover us with glory.

  • It was as if they were all leagued in a conspiracy to deceive and cajole.

  • How he managed to cajole the publishers in the beginning he does not tell us.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover

    Maurice Francis Egan

  • She tried to argue, to cajole, and to appear defiant, but all was useless.

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for cajole



to persuade (someone) by flattery or pleasing talk to do what one wants; wheedle; coax
Derived Formscajolement, nouncajoler, nouncajolery, nouncajolingly, adverb

Word Origin for cajole

C17: from French cajoler to coax, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cajole

1640s, from French cajoler "to cajole, wheedle, coax," perhaps a blend of Middle French cageoler "to chatter like a jay" (16c., from gajole, southern diminutive of geai "jay;" see jay (n.)), and Old French gaioler "to cage, entice into a cage" (see jail (n.)). Related: Cajoled; cajoling.

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