- 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.
Origin of coddle
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Related Wordshumor, pet, cosset, favor, caress, mollycoddle, spoil, baby, nurse, cotton, cook, poach, brew, steam, simmer
Examples from the Web for coddle
Higher education should challenge students, not coddle them by indulging their pre-formed biases and preferences.Pulling the Plug on English Departments
July 28, 2014
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
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
September 16, 2013
You may take apricots not fully ripe, and coddle them, and that will do also.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Coddle six pippins in vine leaves covered with water, very gently, that the inside may be done without breaking the skins.
As it is, it's just me he needs to look after him and coddle him.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
They have stopped trying to coddle me now and I live rough, like the rest.Margarita's Soul
He knows those who love him, who care for him with disinterestedness, who coddle him.A Chambermaid's Diary
- 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
Word Origin and History for coddle
c.1600, "boil gently," probably from caudle "warm drink for invalids" (c.1300), from Anglo-French caudel (c.1300), ultimately from Latin calidium "warm drink, warm wine and water," neuter of calidus "hot," from calere "be warm" (see calorie). Verb meaning "treat tenderly" first recorded 1815 (in Jane Austen's "Emma"). Related: Coddled; coddling.