Definition of coddle in English:

coddle

verb

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

    ‘I was coddled and cosseted’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She sounded like a very concerned mother coddling her frightened child.’
    • ‘The early missions coddle the player closely, and provide a comfortable introduction to the game's features.’
    • ‘They never wanted to be like the couples who coddled their pets like children.’
    • ‘In the long run - even in the medium run - coddling dictators backfires.’
    • ‘Your article omits this information, and implies with a high level of certainty that such treatment never happened, and that she was essentially coddled.’
    • ‘Being an intelligent child, she really resented the way that she was being coddled.’
    • ‘I watched in amazement as the players were coddled and treated like gods.’
    • ‘The D.A. of this county in New York takes on a system that she says coddles criminals.’
    • ‘Successive governments have coddled criminals, allowed them free rein to the point where they believe they own parties and governments.’
    • ‘Despite being coddled at the nursery with fertilizer and water, the plants face transplant stress.’
    • ‘I was the only child in the family, and I was coddled by my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.’
    • ‘I want to baby you, and coddle you, and spoil you for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘They relocated eggs and birds to new areas and coddled them.’
    • ‘In the long-term we do them no favors by allowing them to coddle our mutual enemies.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘We do not need to coddle our old people, just ensure them enough income to live adequately.’
    • ‘Being the baby of the family he was coddled and treated like glass, as if he would break.’
    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.

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

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/