She tried to coax her frightened new kitten out from under the sofa.
- 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