- to cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature
- to treat (someone) with more care or concern than is required or regarded as appropriate; be overindulgent toward; cosset; pamper
Origin of coddleprobably ; from caudle
transitive verbcod·dled, cod·dling, cod·dles
- To cook in water just below the boiling point: coddle eggs.
- To treat indulgently; baby. See Synonyms at pamper.
Origin of coddlePossibly alteration of caudle.
(third-person singular simple present coddles, present participle coddling, simple past and past participle coddled)