Cajole meaning

kə-jōl
To persuade by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language.
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To elicit or obtain by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language.

The athlete cajoled a signing bonus out of the team's owner.

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To cajole is to try to get someone to do something, often using flattery, kindly tones or gentle prodding.

An example of cajole is when you try to coax your friend into making your favorite dinner by commenting several times what a great cook she is and how much you love her food.

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To use flattery, pleading, or insincere language in an attempt to persuade someone to do something.
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To coax with flattery and insincere talk; wheedle.
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(intransitive) To persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises; to coax.
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Origin of cajole

  • French cajoler possibly blend of Old French cageoler to chatter like a jay (from geai, jai jay jay2) Old French gaioler to lure into a cage (from gaiole, jaiole cage jail)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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