- a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
- to coddle; pamper.
Origin of mollycoddle
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Related Wordsfondle, pet, cosset, overindulge, dandle, caress, spoil, indulge, baby, coddle, overprotect
Examples from the Web for mollycoddle
Still, primarily, the Mollycoddle is a critic, not a man of action.
But to the Mollycoddle she apportions dyspepsia and black bile.
The Red-blood joins societies; the Mollycoddle is a non-joiner.
The Mollycoddle engenders ideas, and the Red-blood exploits them.
The Mollycoddle also despises the Red-blood, but he cannot do without him.
- (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
- a pampered person
Word Origin and History for mollycoddle
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.