- The definition of coax means to try to get someone or something to do something with gentle urging.
- Using compliments to talk a friend into taking a dance class with you is an example of to coax.
- Unclogging a drain with a plunger is an example of to coax.
- to induce or try to induce to do something; (seek to) persuade by soothing words, an ingratiating manner, etc.; wheedle
- to get by coaxing
Origin of coaxorigin, originally slang, “to make a coax of” ; from obsolete slang coax, cox, cokes, a fool, ninny
verbcoaxed, coax·ing, coax·es
- To persuade or try to persuade by pleading or flattery; cajole.
- To obtain by persistent persuasion: coaxed the secret out of the child.
- Obsolete To caress; fondle.
- To move to or adjust toward a desired end: “A far more promising approach to treating advanced melanoma is to coax the immune system to recognize melanoma cells as deadly” (Natalie Angier).
Origin of coaxObsolete cokes, to fool, from cokes, fool.
(third-person singular simple present coaxes, present participle coaxing, simple past and past participle coaxed)
originally (1586) in the slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "fool, simpleton", itself of obscure origin, perhaps related to cock (male bird, pert boy). The modern spelling is from 1706.
- Shortened form of coaxial cable
Shortened from coaxial