(third-person singular simple present coaxes, present participle coaxing, simple past and past participle coaxed)
- To wheedle, persuade (a person, organisation, animal etc.) gradually or by use of flattery to do something.
- He coaxed the horse gently into the trailer.
- To carefully manipulate into a particular desired state, situation or position.
- They coaxed the rope through the pipe.
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.