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Meaning of CODDLE

Pronunciation:  'kâdl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cook in nearly boiling water; "coddle eggs"
  2. [v]  treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

CODDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: baby, cocker, cosset, featherbed, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil
 See Also: cook, do by, handle, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cod"dle\ (k[o^]d"d'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coddled}
(-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coddling} (-dl[i^]ng).] [Cf.
{Prov}. E. caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and {Cade}, a. & v.
t.] [Written also {codle}.]
1. To parboil, or soften by boiling.

         It [the guava fruit] may be coddled.  --Dampier.

2. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.

         How many of our English princes have been coddled at
         home by their fond papas and mammas!  --Thackeray.

         He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation.

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