An example of cajole is when you try to coax your friend into making your favorite dinner by commenting several times what a great cook she is and how much you love her food.
intransitive verb-·joled′, -·jol′ing
Origin of cajoleFrench cajoler, origin, originally to chatter like a jay in a cage; uncertain or unknown; perhaps blend of Old French cage (see cage) and jaole, jail
verbca·joled, ca·jol·ing, ca·joles
- To persuade by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: “He knew how she cajoled him into getting things for her and then would not even let him kiss her” ( Theodore Dreiser )
- To elicit or obtain by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: The athlete cajoled a signing bonus out of the team's owner.
Origin of cajoleFrench cajoler possibly blend of Old French cageoler to chatter like a jay ( from geai, jai jay ; see jay 2. )Old French gaioler to lure into a cage ( from gaiole, jaiole cage ; see jail . )
(third-person singular simple present cajoles, present participle cajoling, simple past and past participle cajoled)