[ kod-l ]
See synonyms for coddle 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coddle in a sentence

  • Congressional conservatives have vigorously attacked the Miranda rule since its creation, arguing that it coddles criminals.

    Holder's Wishy Washy Terror War | Gerald L. Shargel | May 10, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Boys take to such things naturally unless they are molly coddles.

    A Daughter of the Union | Lucy Foster Madison
  • You are not mollie-coddles and probably would come out all right, anyhow.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill | Charles Pierce Burton
  • And most people, according to his opinion, were just a set of slack-kneed molly-coddles that sheered off at the first encounter.

    Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
  • The Board coddles me like a rare bit of old china and proudly exhibits me to visitors.

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012