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coddle

[ kod-l ]
/ ˈkɒd l /
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verb (used with object), cod·dled, cod·dling.

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.

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Origin of coddle

1590–1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle

OTHER WORDS FROM coddle

coddler, nounun·cod·dled, adjective

Words nearby coddle

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British Dictionary definitions for coddle

coddle
/ (ˈkɒdəl) /

verb (tr)

to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point

noun

Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps

Derived forms of coddle

coddler, noun

Word Origin for coddle

C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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