- 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.
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transitive verb ca·joled, ca·jol·ing, ca·joles
- To persuade by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language.
- To elicit or obtain by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: The athlete cajoled a signing bonus out of the team's owner.
Origin: French 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).
- ca·jolˈer noun
- ca·jolˈer·y noun
- ca·jolˈing·ly adverb