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.
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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