Definition of coddle in English:

coddle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Treat in an indulgent or overprotective way.

    ‘I was coddled and cosseted’
    • ‘She sounded like a very concerned mother coddling her frightened child.’
    • ‘I want to baby you, and coddle you, and spoil you for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘Successive governments have coddled criminals, allowed them free rein to the point where they believe they own parties and governments.’
    • ‘Some may think of us as a nanny state, given the way we coddle our citizens with free health care and equality provisions.’
    • ‘He does not spoon-feed or coddle his audience; he does not always explain all the minute particulars of every event he discusses.’
    • ‘They relocated eggs and birds to new areas and coddled them.’
    • ‘Being the baby of the family he was coddled and treated like glass, as if he would break.’
    • ‘The early missions coddle the player closely, and provide a comfortable introduction to the game's features.’
    • ‘In the long run - even in the medium run - coddling dictators backfires.’
    • ‘In the long-term we do them no favors by allowing them to coddle our mutual enemies.’
    • ‘The D.A. of this county in New York takes on a system that she says coddles criminals.’
    • ‘Being an intelligent child, she really resented the way that she was being coddled.’
    • ‘I was the only child in the family, and I was coddled by my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.’
    • ‘Your article omits this information, and implies with a high level of certainty that such treatment never happened, and that she was essentially coddled.’
    • ‘I'm not convinced we should coddle people who, by the time they reach the postdoc level, are so insecure they won't even apply for the jobs they actually want.’
    • ‘Have you any idea how much harm you are doing Anya by coddling her in this manner?’
    • ‘They never wanted to be like the couples who coddled their pets like children.’
    • ‘We do not need to coddle our old people, just ensure them enough income to live adequately.’
    • ‘Despite being coddled at the nursery with fertilizer and water, the plants face transplant stress.’
    • ‘I watched in amazement as the players were coddled and treated like gods.’
    pamper, cosset, mollycoddle, wait on someone hand and foot, cater to someone's every whim
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  • 2Cook (an egg) in water below boiling point.

    • ‘If you don't know how to coddle an egg, here's how: Poke a hole in the bottom with a pin.’
    • ‘Eggs can be cooked easily and quickly in any number of pleasant ways - poached, fried, scrambled, boiled, coddled, baked and even deep-fried.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘boil (fruit) gently’): origin uncertain; coddle (sense 1) is probably a dialect variant of obsolete caudle ‘administer invalids' gruel’, based on Latin caldum ‘hot drink’, from calidus ‘warm’.

Pronunciation

coddle

/ˈkädl//ˈkɑdl/