verb (used with object)
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
Origin of coax1
Examples from the Web for coaxing
Mondavi also realized the value of coaxing trophy names from Bordeaux into opening wineries in Napa.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She hypnotized Cory with her free spirit, freer hair, and asinine name, coaxing him out of his shell and into love with her.‘Boy Meets World’ Turns 20: The Silly Show We Can’t Help but Love|Kevin Fallon|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This may even come to be a way of coaxing Vietnam into greater democracy.
But soon he began documenting his entire life, recording dinner parties, conversations, and coaxing his wife into bed.
I feel like I'm coaxing the flavors out of whatever I'm cooking if I invest a little time to do it right.
She therefore begged him to read, catching him on the way to his study, and coaxing him to stay no longer than to find a book.The Young Step-Mother|Charlotte M. Yonge
He uttered the low, soft, coaxing "Er-er-er-er," which expresses every gentleness in the range of Squirrel thought and feeling.Bannertail|Ernest Thompson Seton
If she declines upon entreaty and coaxing, he will not be persuaded.The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
But the magic has suddenly gone out of prize-day, and no coaxing can bring it back.The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's|Talbot Baines Reed
And no coaxing could persuade it to do so unless it felt so inclined.Animal Intelligence|George J. Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for coaxing (1 of 2)
Word Origin for coax
British Dictionary definitions for coaxing (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for coaxing
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.