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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kod-l]
    • /ˈkɒd l/
    • /ˈkɒd.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kod-l]
    • /ˈkɒd l/

Definitions of coddle word

  • verb coddle To coddle someone means to treat them too kindly or protect them too much. 3
  • verb coddle to treat with indulgence 3
  • verb coddle to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point 3
  • noun coddle stew made from ham and bacon scraps 3
  • verb transitive coddle to cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature 3
  • verb transitive coddle to treat (an invalid, baby, etc.) tenderly 3

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Origin of coddle

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle

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Parts of speech for Coddle


coddle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

coddle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for coddle

verb coddle

  • humor — hacker humour
  • pet — a fit of peevishness, sulking, or bad mood.
  • cosset — If someone is cosseted, everything possible is done for them and they are protected from anything unpleasant.
  • favor — something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor.
  • caress — If you caress someone, you stroke them gently and affectionately.

Antonyms for coddle

verb coddle

  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • neglect — to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
  • turn away — move further from sth, sb

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