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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To treat someone in a way that is too kind and gentle and that protects them from pain or difficulty.

Usage examples (41)
  • The courts do not coddle criminals.
  • coddle eggs
  • Clinton wasn't going to "coddle" Beijing dictators, remember?
  • Wanting to see the law respected is not the same as wanting to "coddle" our enemies. for more
Tutoring comment
  • She loves to "cuddle" (hug or affectionately embrace) her child, and also to "coddle" (to pamper) her by serving her favorite dish of "cuttle" (a type of fish).
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