molly·cod·dle [mollycoddle mollycoddles mollycoddled mollycoddling] BrE [ˈmɒlikɒdl]
NAmE [ˈmɑːlikɑːdl]
verb (disapproving, becoming old-fashioned) ~ sb
to protect sb too much and make their life too comfortable and safe
She was mollycoddled as a child.
compare coddle
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
mid 19th cent.: from molly ‘girl or prostitute’ (see moll) + coddle.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.a pampered darling; an effeminate man; a milksop.
v. t.1.To pamper or coddle.

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