- To cajole is to try to get someone to do something, often using flattery, kindly tones or gentle prodding.
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.
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 jay2) and 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)