Coddle Definition

kŏdl
coddled, coddles, coddling
verb
coddled, coddles, coddling
To cook (esp. eggs in the shell) gently by heating in water not quite at boiling temperature.
Webster's New World
To treat (someone) with more care or concern than is required or regarded as appropriate; be overindulgent toward; cosset; pamper.
Webster's New World
To treat indulgently; baby.
American Heritage

To treat gently or with great care.

Wiktionary

To exercise excessive or damaging authority in an attempt to protect. To overprotect.

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noun

An Irish dish comprising layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and bacon rashers with sliced potatoes and onions.

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Origin of Coddle

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Possibly alteration of caudle

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

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