mollycoddle

[mol-ee-kod-l]
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verb (used with object), mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling.
  1. to coddle; pamper.

Origin of mollycoddle

First recorded in 1825–35; Molly + coddle
Related formsmol·ly·cod·dler, noun

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Related Words for mollycoddle

fondle, pet, cosset, overindulge, dandle, caress, spoil, indulge, baby, coddle, overprotect

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Historical Examples of mollycoddle

  • Still, primarily, the Mollycoddle is a critic, not a man of action.

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    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • But to the Mollycoddle she apportions dyspepsia and black bile.

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  • The Red-blood joins societies; the Mollycoddle is a non-joiner.

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  • The Mollycoddle engenders ideas, and the Red-blood exploits them.

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  • The Mollycoddle also despises the Red-blood, but he cannot do without him.

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British Dictionary definitions for mollycoddle

mollycoddle

verb
  1. (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
noun
  1. a pampered person
Derived Formsmollycoddler, noun

Word Origin for mollycoddle

C19: from molly ² + coddle
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Word Origin and History for mollycoddle
v.

also molly-coddle, 1870, from a noun (1833) meaning "one who coddles himself," from Molly (pet name formation from Mary), which had been used contemptuously since 1754 for "a milksop, an effeminate man," + coddle (q.v.). Related: Mollycoddled; mollycoddling.

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