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

     

    coddle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coddle
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdl//
     
    he / she / it coddles
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒdlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdlz//
     
    past simple coddled
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdld//
     
    past participle coddled
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdld//
     
    -ing form coddling
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒdlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːdlɪŋ//
     
    Raising children
     
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  1. 1coddle somebody (often disapproving) to treat somebody with too much care and attention She coddles him like a child. compare mollycoddle See related entries: Raising children
  2. 2coddle something to cook eggs in water slightly below boiling point
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘boil (fruit) gently)’: origin uncertain; sense (1) is probably a dialect variant of obsolete caudle ‘administer invalids' gruel’, based on Latin caldum ‘hot drink’, from calidus ‘warm’.
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