from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cook in water just below the boiling point: coddle eggs.
- transitive v. To treat indulgently; baby. See Synonyms at pamper.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To treat gently or with great care.
- v. To cook slowly in hot water that is below the boiling point.
- n. An Irish dish comprising layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and bacon rashers with sliced potatoes and onions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To parboil, or soften by boiling.
- transitive v. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To boil gently; seethe; stew, as fruit.
- To make effeminate by pampering; make much of; treat tenderly as an invalid; humor; pamper.
- In tobacco manufacturing, to injure by fermentation.
- n. An over-indulged, pampered being; a person or animal made weak or effeminate by tender treatment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with excessive indulgence
- v. cook in nearly boiling water
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Clinton wasn't going to "coddle" Beijing dictators, remember?
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Chua acknowledges that her argument will offend softy "Western" parents, who prefer to coddle rather than throttle their kids, and who prioritize happiness over achievement.
Rather than try and coddle me or assuage my anxieties, in his forceful manner he said, You've got to be kidding me!