Main definitions of coax in US English:

: coax1coax2

coax1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something.

    ‘the trainees were coaxed into doing hard, boring work’
    ‘“Come on now,” I coaxed’
    • ‘Maybe he too had regrets, perhaps he wished he'd talked to him more often, coaxed him to spill out his memories and secrets.’
    • ‘We weren't exactly abducted either, we were coaxed into coming into their house.’
    • ‘It was his father who saw his potential and started cajoling and coaxing him into playing.’
    • ‘The actors were somehow coaxed into performances that matched their gigantic surroundings.’
    • ‘She warns them that she doesn't want to wear the cloak but they insist and her mother coaxes her to go along with their request.’
    • ‘I tried to coax him down but I could see he was terrified.’
    • ‘This year I was coaxed into starting my holiday baking early.’
    • ‘After the fighting ended, he hid in the jungle for two years before he was coaxed into surrendering.’
    • ‘They're yachts, mainly, and very beautiful, and it wasn't long before my wife was coaxed into taking lessons.’
    • ‘He waved at me as if he knew me already and coaxed me to come over and talk to him for while.’
    • ‘The pang in my belly coaxed me inside to see what their table had to offer.’
    • ‘I smiled and walked faster, coaxing him to walk faster too.’
    • ‘Her natural buoyancy eventually coaxed us into conversation, and saved the day.’
    • ‘The negotiators talked to him and managed to coax him out.’
    • ‘You might see a fairly significant change if you could coax him into going for a 30 minute walk most days of the week.’
    • ‘He was coaxed into a reading and soon found himself studying with an acting coach, having his long hair cut to marine length for the part.’
    • ‘He kept on trying to coax her to walk into the water, but she adamantly shook her head.’
    • ‘I had to go down and personally coax him out of the car so that we could get him back here.’
    • ‘I coax him to the table by setting out an open beer.’
    • ‘Once he was finally coaxed into a room with some of the city's finest musicians last year, he was hooked.’
    persuade, wheedle, cajole, talk into something, get round, prevail on, beguile, flatter, seduce, lure, entice, tempt, inveigle, woo, manoeuvre
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    1. 1.1coax something from/out of Use flattery or gradual persuasion to obtain something from.
      ‘we coaxed money out of my father’
      figurative ‘coaxing more speed from the car’
      • ‘She was able to coax new insights from those oft-interviewed.’
      • ‘He is adept at coaxing performances from actors with little or no experience.’
      • ‘I propped this glorious child on my shoulder and coaxed a burp from her.’
      • ‘She has coaxed excellent performances from the girls and uses animation and dream sequencey stuff extremely well.’
      • ‘He coaxes some excellent performances from his singers.’
      • ‘If he can coax some defectors from the opposition, he may reach a majority.’
      • ‘Guided by an inner-something that could only have been instinct, she was soon making silly noises and coaxing delighted squeals from the little tyrant.’
      • ‘At dinner, he was the focus of everyone's attention, and they coaxed some information from him.’
      • ‘He's a big fella, well over 6 feet, with hands the size of tree stumps, but still able to coax sweet sounds from a guitar.’
      • ‘His timing remained exquisite, expertly coaxing laughs from the bleakest onscreen situation.’
      • ‘He coaxed a superb performance from the young actor.’
      • ‘The director coaxes some terrific performances from a noteworthy cast.’
      • ‘Many of his memories of his homeland are of sitting in traffic jams or waiting in lineups that ate up time he would have preferred to spend coaxing notes from his guitar.’
      • ‘He sharply criticizes the leader for using food aid as a diplomatic tool to coax concessions from rogue governments.’
      • ‘She was the only attendee, watching intently as he coaxed snakes from one basket to another with the mouth of his oboe.’
      • ‘Alex was coaxing a fire from the wet wood we'd gathered.’
      • ‘She cocked her head to one side with a sly smile, like a toddler coaxing a treat from a grownup.’
      • ‘He uses a prepared piano on a number of tracks, sometimes coaxing harpsichord-like timbres from it.’
      • ‘He coaxes strong performances out of most of his cast.’
      • ‘The charities are brutally businesslike in coaxing dollars from the wallets of the super-rich.’
    2. 1.2 Manipulate (something) carefully into a particular shape or position.
      ‘her lovely hair had been coaxed into ringlets’
      • ‘She placed the lantern in the boat and coaxed the pig aboard as it had crossed the river many times with her before.’
      • ‘After coaxing the bird on to his arm, he started to make his way back home.’
      • ‘Use a metal pastry scraper to coax the dough into shape, and a minimal sprinkling of flour, as necessary.’
      • ‘The birds are in the trees, and if I could coax them down to my shoulder, then my trek may be warranted.’
      • ‘He coaxed the mouse onto his hand and put it into a tiny wicker basket.’
      • ‘Carefully, and ever so gently, Tristan coaxed my weight upwards to more of a sitting position.’
      • ‘Half an hour was spent coaxing it off the track to safety.’
      • ‘With a broad wooden scraper, he coaxed the paint back and forward before lifting the screen to survey his handiwork.’
      • ‘She shook her unruly mane of red hair, attempting and failing to coax it into some semblance of order.’
      • ‘It is a special puzzle challenge to coax these sets into a symmetrical shape.’
      • ‘When my turn arrives I slowly, carefully coax the boat round until the wind is directly behind it.’
      • ‘After coaxing them to the surface with your feet, it's a simple matter of reaching down and scooping them up.’
      • ‘She knew no greater thrill than coaxing a child from the womb, and receiving it alive into her own hands, wet, warm and squirming.’
      • ‘Few of us have a team of trained hair professionals to dry, set, curl and coax our hair into perfection every morning.’
      • ‘He nodded, and soon she went about her work, coaxing the muddy roots from the ground for springtime use.’
      • ‘My son caught it by knocking it off the car with a twig, then coaxing it on to a piece of card, and then putting it in a jam jar.’
      • ‘You could try printing it on color transparency plastic and then heating it with a hair dryer whilst it is gently coaxed on to the surface of the mask.’
      • ‘She coaxed the boys' hair into snowy peaks.’
      • ‘Some were seen coaxing their pigs up the stairs!’

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete cokes ‘simpleton’, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘fondle’, hence ‘persuade by caresses or flattery’, the underlying sense being ‘make a simpleton of’.

Pronunciation

coax

/kōks//koʊks/

Main definitions of coax in US English:

: coax1coax2

coax2

noun

informal
  • Coaxial cable.

    • ‘Another good antenna that's been popular around here for over 20 years is the ‘J-pole’ made from a piece of old TV antenna twin lead and a piece of coax.’
    • ‘After all, you can't lay fiber, buy cable modems and pay for cable TV with surplus coax.’
    • ‘Yes, if I were a nesting bird, I'd find a coil of coax to be the perfect shape for a nest.’
    • ‘It can serve up to four video streams simultaneously - one to a locally connected HDTV and three to additional client boxes connected via coax anywhere in the home.’
    • ‘Today, a bad picture isn't a problem with the rabbit ears or a loose bit of coax: it means that the decompression of a digital video stream has gone all wonky.’

adjective

informal
  • Coaxial.

    ‘coax connectors’
    • ‘Although both devices may have coax connections, once you see the image quality between them, you'll see why you should go with S-Video.’
    • ‘In addition to the antennas supplied, the antenna connector on the hand held radio will accept a common coax antenna cable connector.’
    • ‘Be it cable or satellite, just plug the coax cable into the coaxial cable input, and you have access for up to 125 channels.’
    • ‘In areas where cable modem service is available, the cable company can sculpt that down to the single coax line.’
    • ‘As multimedia enthusiasts can tell you, a coax connection is not the best choice for image quality, to put it mildly.’

Pronunciation

coax

/ˈkoʊæks//ˈkōaks/