- to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole: He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
- to obtain by coaxing: We coaxed the secret from him.
- to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort: He coaxed the large chair through the door.
- to fondle.
- to fool; deceive.
- to use gentle persuasion.
Origin of coax1
Examples from the Web for coaxingly
Historical Examples of coaxingly
Paris on short notice will be cosily and coaxingly intimate.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Come now," she said coaxingly, as she laid them on the table, with the water smoking off the shells.The Manxman
"You must let me remove these things, and get you into bed at once," she said coaxingly but firmly.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
"Come on, Fluff," she said coaxingly, grasping the plume-like mane.A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia
Alice Turner Curtis
"You don't want to go down there again to-day," said Rufus coaxingly.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
- to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
- (tr) to obtain by persistent coaxing
- (tr) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desireshe coaxed the engine into starting
- (tr) obsolete to caress
- (tr) obsolete to deceive
Word Origin for coax
- short for coaxial cable
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.