verb (T) to treat someone in a way that is too kind and gentle and that protects them from pain or difficulty: Don't coddle the child - he's fine!

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  • Coddle — con pan de soda irlandés. Coddle (a veces Dublín Coddle) es un plato tradicionalmente asociado con la ciudad de Dublín, Irlanda.[1] Tiene fama de ser el plato favorito de …   Wikipedia Español

  • coddle — [v1] indulge, pamper baby, caress, cater to, cosset, cotton, favor, humor, make much of, make over, mollycoddle, nurse, pet, play up to, spoil; concepts 110,295 Ant. ignore, turn away coddle [v2] boil lightly, usually eggs brew, cook, poach,… …   New thesaurus

  • Coddle — 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coddle — c.1600, boil gently, probably from caudle warm drink for invalids (c.1300), from Anglo Fr. caudel (c.1300), ultimately from L. calidium warm drink, warm wine and water, neut. of calidus hot, from calere be warm (see CALORIE (Cf. calorie)). Verb… …   Etymology dictionary

  • coddle — ► VERB 1) treat in an indulgent or overprotective way. 2) cook (an egg) in water below boiling point. DERIVATIVES coddler noun. ORIGIN origin uncertain; sense 1 is probably a variant of obsolete caudle administer invalids gruel …   English terms dictionary

  • coddle — [käd′ l] vt. coddled, coddling [prob. < CAUDLE] 1. to cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature 2. to treat (an invalid, baby, etc.) tenderly …   English World dictionary

  • Coddle — For the method of cooking (generally) eggs, see coddling and coddled eggs. For the literal meaning of the word coddle , see coddle on Wiktionary. Coddle with carrots, which are not used in the traditional recipe …   Wikipedia

  • Coddle — Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Coddle (livre de cuisine) », sur Wikibooks (livres pédagogiques) Le coddle ou marmite de Dublin est un mets de saucissons, bacon, oignon et patates ragoûté en bouillon de poulet, très populaire… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • coddle — UK [ˈkɒd(ə)l] / US [ˈkɑd(ə)l] verb [transitive] Word forms coddle : present tense I/you/we/they coddle he/she/it coddles present participle coddling past tense coddled past participle coddled 1) to treat someone in a way that gives them too much… …   English dictionary

  • coddle — coddler, n. /kod l/, v.t., coddled, coddling. 1. to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they re sick. 2. to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently. [1590 1600;… …   Universalium

  • coddle — cod|dle [ˈkɔdl US ˈka:dl] v [T] to treat someone in a way that is too kind and gentle and that protects them from pain or difficulty ▪ Don t coddle the child he s fine! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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