verb (used with object)
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
Origin of coax1
Definition for coax (2 of 2)
Origin of coax2
Examples from the Web for coax
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.
And of course Baelish materialized (at just the right moment) to save Sansa and coax Lysa away from the ledge.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 7 ‘Mockingbird’ Recap: Conscious Coupling (and Uncoupling)|Andrew Romano|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even after all the heroes are gone, it lays dormant, waiting for light to coax it out of the shadows.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet|Rich Goldstein|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So instead of tapping into spare capacity, Uber had to coax new capacity into being.
He tried to coax the distraught girl out of silence, inquiring about her school and family life, but her replies were clipped.How One Sex Abuse Case Tore Apart the Williamsburg Hasidim|Allison Yarrow|August 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Another policeman tried to coax me to drive the team down to the police station.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail|Ezra Meeker
They are bound to have it guarded, an' we've got to coax him out somehow.Hopalong Cassidy|Clarence E. Mulford
And so the men tried to coax the animals to the edge of the cliff.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Men are a good deal like pintos; some you can coax and some you can bully, but they all of 'em buck at the first gate.The Fifth Ace|Douglas Grant
What we want is to coax them critters ter come within easy distance, and then we'll give 'em pepper.Indian and Scout|F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for coax (1 of 2)
Word Origin for coax
British Dictionary definitions for coax (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for coax
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.