[ kod-l ]
See synonyms for: coddlecoddling on

verb (used with object),cod·dled, cod·dling.
  1. to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.

  2. to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.

Origin of coddle

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

Other words for coddle

Other words from coddle

  • coddler, noun
  • un·cod·dled, adjective

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How to use coddle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coddle


/ (ˈkɒdəl) /

  1. to treat with indulgence

  2. to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point

  1. Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps

Origin of coddle

C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle

Derived forms of coddle

  • coddler, noun

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