[ mol-ee-kod-l ]
/ ˈmɒl iˌkɒd l /


a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.

verb (used with object), mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling.

to coddle; pamper.

Origin of mollycoddle

First recorded in 1825–35; Molly + coddle
Related formsmol·ly·cod·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mollycoddle


/ (ˈmɒlɪˌkɒdəl) /


(tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper


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



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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