coaxing

[ kohk-sing ]
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noun
  1. the act of gently persuading, flattering, cajoling, etc., to influence someone to do something: There was a high-spirited stallion that no one dared to ride except Ken—after much coaxing by his companions.

  2. the act of manipulating something to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort: It took some coaxing with the wheel puller and a hammer and chisel, but the brake drum is now off.

adjective
  1. using gentle persuasion, flattery, etc., to influence someone to do something; cajoling: In the pool is a coaxing parent, beckoning her timid offspring forward and ready to catch him when he jumps.

Origin of coaxing

1
First recorded in 1670–80; coax1 + -ing1 for the noun senses; coax1 + -ing2 for the adjective sense

Other words from coaxing

  • coax·ing·ly, adverb
  • half-coax·ing, adjective
  • half-coax·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·coax·ing, adjective

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