Coddle meaning

kŏdl
To treat (someone) with more care or concern than is required or regarded as appropriate; be overindulgent toward; cosset; pamper.
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To exercise excessive or damaging authority in an attempt to protect. To overprotect.
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To treat gently or with great care.
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An Irish dish comprising layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and bacon rashers with sliced potatoes and onions.
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To cook in water just below the boiling point.

Coddle eggs.

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To treat indulgently; baby.
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To cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature.
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To cook slowly in hot water that is below the boiling point.
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Origin of coddle

  • Possibly alteration of caudle

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

  • Probably from caudle. Compare British dialect caddle (“to coax, spoil, fondle”) and cade.

    From Wiktionary