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 Dictionary entry overview: What does coddle mean? 

CODDLE (verb)
  The verb CODDLE has 2 senses:

1. treat with excessive indulgence
2. cook in nearly boiling water

  Familiarity information: CODDLE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CODDLE (verb)

Sense 1coddle [BACK TO TOP]


Treat with excessive indulgence

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


pamper; mollycoddle; featherbed; cosset; coddle; cocker; baby; indulge; spoil

Context examples:

grandparents often pamper the children / Let's not mollycoddle our students!

Hypernyms (to "coddle" is one way to...):

do by; handle; treat (interact in a certain way)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sense 2coddle [BACK TO TOP]


Cook in nearly boiling water

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

coddle eggs

Hypernyms (to "coddle" is one way to...):

cook (transform and make suitable for consumption by heating)

Domain category:

cookery; cooking; preparation (the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The chef wants to coddle the eggs

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