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coax1

[kohks]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole: He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
  2. to obtain by coaxing: We coaxed the secret from him.
  3. to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort: He coaxed the large chair through the door.
  4. Obsolete.
    1. to fondle.
    2. to fool; deceive.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to use gentle persuasion.
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Origin of coax1

1580–90; v. use of cokes fool (now obsolete), perhaps variant of coxcomb
Related formscoax·er, nouncoax·ing·ly, adverbhalf-coax·ing, adjectivehalf-coax·ing·ly, adverbun·coaxed, adjectiveun·coax·ing, adjective
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  • I kissed her, and answered in a coaxing tone, "It is Thursday, and I have no music lesson.'"

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A trail of coaxing calls and offers followed Florent as he passed along.

  • I am not used to coaxing people to work for me; it is usually the other way around.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "You can do what you like with me, with your coaxing and woaxing," said Nancy.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • To the abuse in front and the coaxing behind she was equally indifferent.


British Dictionary definitions for coaxing

coax1

verb
  1. to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
  2. (tr) to obtain by persistent coaxing
  3. (tr) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desireshe coaxed the engine into starting
  4. (tr) obsolete to caress
  5. (tr) obsolete to deceive
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Derived Formscoaxer, nouncoaxingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin

coax2

noun
  1. short for coaxial cable
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Word Origin and History for coaxing

coax

v.

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.

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