to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
- coddler, noun
- un·cod·dled, adjective
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How to use coddle in a sentence
And, of course, the wealthy and well-connected live by different laws than the rest of us, so this behavior is often coddled and excused.Russell Wilson’s Supersized Truck Might Have Finally Ended My Devotion to Football | aheard | August 3, 2022 | Outside Online
She refuted assertions residents were being “coddled” and praised their improvements to the austere desert surroundings.How Eleanor Roosevelt Worked to Stop Her Husband Approving Japanese Internment Camps During World War II | Francine Uenuma | February 18, 2022 | Time
We cannot continue to coddle those who would put themselves and the rest of us in danger.Opinion | Vaccine mandates — in D.C., LGBTQ bars lead the way | Peter Rosenstein | August 11, 2021 | Washington Blade
You get all this nonsense about “These kids are coddled,” but as a professor, I see these kids stand up and speak out against us.
Higher education should challenge students, not coddle them by indulging their pre-formed biases and preferences.
They think they will irreparably damage them, so instead of raising expectations, they coddle them.Roland Martin: America, You Can’t Handle the Truth! | Roland S. Martin | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And regulators who coddle Wall Street have to worry more about becoming props in an Elizabeth Warren YouTube video gone viral.Rising Left in the Democratic Party Killed Larry Summers' Fed Chair Chances | Peter Beinart | September 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is working on a book called American coddle , about America's culture of entitlement.
Mam' Sarah was very tall, and she had the best lap in the world to coddle down in, Roberta thought.That Old-Time Child, Roberta | Sophie Fox Sea
“You coddle him,” said Kingsnorth, with a short bitter laugh.The Locusts' Years | Mary Helen Fee
Poor mammy will mourn over me and coddle me up as if I'd been to the wars.Spinning-Wheel Stories | Louisa May Alcott
And so we left them alone awhile, to coddle over their raptures.Lorna Doone | R. D. Blackmore
A man was looked on as a milk-sop and a Molly coddle, that would not take his mug of ale, and be merry with his comrades.
British Dictionary definitions for coddle
to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps
- coddler, noun
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