verb (used with object)
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
verb (used without object)
- coattail effect,
- coaxial cable,
- cob coal
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
Word Origin 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.