[ kod-l ]
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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

  • Of course the child may cry, but that is simply because he has become over-particular through too much coddling.

    Seeing Things at Night | Heywood Broun
  • No doubt you will wish to practise coddling the Ideal Husband a little longer before your classes begin.

    The Revolt | Ellis Parker Butler
  • You might just as well advise nursing and coddling a nest of brown-tail moths—and we are spending good money to kill off moths.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • Earth, he thought; Earth again, coddling and protecting aliens, forming them into a conspiracy against the humanoid worlds.

    Victory | Lester del Rey
  • Martin hesitated, protesting that there was "altogether too much of this coddling business" in the matter of Cameron's future.

    Corporal Cameron | Ralph Connor

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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