verb (used with object), cod·dled, cod·dling.
Origin of coddle
Examples from the Web for coddle
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|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|DAILY BEAST
What about that stern discipline that was to be put in force here—no rocking, no getting up at night to coddle a weeping infant?Twelve Men|Theodore Dreiser
You coddle her enough on the subject of health, so at least let her enjoy herself in other ways.A Pair of Schoolgirls|Angela Brazil
She wants to coddle me, the dear girl—always telling me to take care of myself; and so on.A Veldt Vendetta|Bertram Mitford
No, really: you know it's against the rules of the club to coddle women in any way.The Philanderer|George Bernard Shaw
Summer may coddle and flatter, but cold weather is no sentimentalist.A Rambler's lease|Bradford Torrey
Word Origin 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.