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Definition of mollycoddle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mollycoddle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɒlikɒdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːlikɑːdl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mollycoddle
BrE BrE//ˈmɒlikɒdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːlikɑːdl//
 
he / she / it mollycoddles
BrE BrE//ˈmɒlikɒdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːlikɑːdlz//
 
past simple mollycoddled
BrE BrE//ˈmɒlikɒdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːlikɑːdld//
 
past participle mollycoddled
BrE BrE//ˈmɒlikɒdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːlikɑːdld//
 
-ing form mollycoddling
BrE BrE//ˈmɒlikɒdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːlikɑːdlɪŋ//
 
Raising children
 
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(disapproving, becoming old-fashioned) mollycoddle somebody to protect somebody too much and make their life too comfortable and safe She was mollycoddled as a child. compare coddle See related entries: Raising children Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from molly ‘girl or prostitute’ (see moll) + coddle.
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