Definition of mollycoddle in English:



  • Treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively.

    • ‘Yet in spite of this mollycoddling, children today are more isolated than ever.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the mollycoddling of these early years was to have a significantly negative effect on Hughes in later life.’
    • ‘‘The last thing I want to do is be mollycoddled,’ he said.’
    • ‘He certainly seems uneasy with the accoutrements of fame and says he hates being mollycoddled.’
    • ‘Schools are mollycoddling pupils, producing a generation of unhealthy underachievers, the government's education agency has warned.’
    • ‘The temptation to mollycoddle people who are unable to deal with insulting challenges to themselves or their beliefs is very strong.’
    • ‘I have always looked out for myself, I don't need any one to mollycoddle me.’
    • ‘I wish I could hold her in my arms and mollycoddle her, the way I did when she was just a baby.’
    • ‘People make the mistake of mollycoddling disabled people, but it's the worst thing you can do.’
    • ‘In other words, it becomes a point of principle that his literature mollycoddles its readers.’
    • ‘It's comforting, I suppose, to think that the Government cares so much about our safety to the point of mollycoddling.’
    • ‘Following the successful implementation of the smoking ban in enclosed public places, they have devised a plan to mollycoddle us into wellness.’
    • ‘If harsh prison terms and hanging is not the answer, neither is a kinder gentler mollycoddling.’
    • ‘This was a small step towards ending the economic mollycoddling of the aviation industry.’
    • ‘There is a limit to the levels at which children can be mollycoddled.’
    • ‘I have been very fortunate in being brought up in a generation which has been mollycoddled.’
    • ‘After a hard day at the office, all I want to do is go home to be mollycoddled.’
    • ‘He wrote that the function of fantasy was ‘consolation’, thereby making it an article of policy that a fantasy writer should mollycoddle the reader.’
    • ‘We mollycoddle prisoners in this country, to some degree.’
    • ‘If they were being mollycoddled and taking advantage of the system, they would be doing well for themselves.’
    pamper, cosset, coddle, spoil, indulge, overindulge, pet, baby, wait on hand and foot, wrap in cotton wool, spoon-feed, kill by kindness, kill with kindness, nanny, nursemaid, feather-bed, overparent
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  • An effeminate or ineffectual man or boy; a milksop.

    • ‘He wants nothing to do with such mollycoddles!’
    • ‘He agrees with me, and he's no mollycoddle in the critical ring.’
    milksop, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby, coward, weakling, milquetoast
    sissy, weed, softie, nancy, nancy boy, pansy, ponce
    wet, mummy's boy, chinless wonder, jessie
    pantywaist, cupcake, pussy
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Mid 19th century: from molly girl or prostitute (see moll) + coddle.