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verb (used with or without object), ca·joled, ca·jol·ing.
  1. to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax.
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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
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Related Words for cajoler

lackey, charmer, sycophant, toady, booster, bootlicker, puffer, backscratcher, flunkey, cajoler

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Historical Examples of cajoler

  • It is the handsome Denis Ronciat, the beau and cajoler of the village girls, who utters an exclamation of surprise.

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851


British Dictionary definitions for cajoler


  1. to persuade (someone) by flattery or pleasing talk to do what one wants; wheedle; coax
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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 cajoler



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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