By telling her husband how handsome he looked while cooking, Helen was able to cajole him into making her favorite meal.
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)