- 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.
coax definition by Webster's New World
- 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: origin, originally slang, “to make a coax of” ; from obsolete slang coax, cox, cokes, a fool, ninny
coax definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb coaxed, coax·ing, coax·es verb, transitive
- 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: Obsolete cokes, to fool, from cokes, fool.
- coaxˈer noun
- coaxˈing·ly adverb