verb (used with object)
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
Origin of coax1
Examples from the Web for coaxingly
She laid a hand on her husband's arm, and looked up at him coaxingly.Bob, Son of Battle|Alfred Ollivant
Then, coaxingly, "You can amuse yourself with one of your nice pretend-games, dear."The Poor Little Rich Girl|Eleanor Gates
The children held out longing arms, and sang to it coaxingly.Marm Lisa|Kate Douglas Wiggin
He seemed about to give a nod of assent, when Joan added, coaxingly, Your typewriter is better than Tims.Joan of the Journal|Helen Diehl Olds
“Tell me about it,” I said coaxingly, scenting a secret, possibly a clue to his past.The Camp Fire Girls on the Open Road|Hildegard G. Frey
British Dictionary definitions for coaxingly (1 of 2)
Word Origin for coax
British Dictionary definitions for coaxingly (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for coaxingly
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.