cod·dle [coddle coddles coddled coddling] BrE [ˈkɒdl]
NAmE [ˈkɑːdl]
1. ~ sb (often disapproving) to treat sb with too much care and attention
She coddles him like a child.
compare mollycoddle
2. ~ sth to cook eggs in water slightly below boiling point
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘boil (fruit) gently)’: origin uncertain; sense 1 is probably a dialect variant of obsolete caudle ‘administer invalids' gruel’, based on Latin caldum ‘hot drink’, from calidus ‘warm’.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. treat with excessive indulgence
- grandparents often pamper the children
- Let's not mollycoddle our students!
2. cook in nearly boiling water
- coddle eggs
- The chef wants to coddle the eggs

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.To parboil, or soften by boiling.
[imp. & p. p. Coddled (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Coddling (-dlĭng).]
It [the guava fruit] may be coddled.
2.To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.
How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas!
He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation.

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