1. [syn: pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge]
2. cook in nearly boiling water;
- Example: "coddle eggs"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Coddle \Cod"dle\ (k[o^]d"d'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coddled
(-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Coddling (-dl[i^]ng).] [Cf.
Prov. E. caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and Cade, a. & v.
t.] [Written also codle.]
1. To parboil, or soften by boiling.
It [the guava fruit] may be coddled. --Dampier.
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! --Thackeray.
He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper
the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn:
pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby,
coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge]
2: cook in nearly boiling water; "coddle eggs"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
79 Moby Thesaurus words for "coddle":
baby, bake, barbecue, baste, bay, blanch, boil, braise, brew,
broil, brown, care for, caress, cater to, cherish, cocker, cook,
cosset, cotton, cradle, cultivate, curry, dandle, devil, do,
do to perfection, dry-nurse, favor, feed, fire, fondle, foster,
fricassee, frizz, frizzle, fry, give way to, gratify, griddle,
grill, heat, humor, indulge, lavish care on, mollycoddle, mother,
much, nourish, nurse, nurture, oblige, oven-bake, pamper, pan,
pan-broil, parboil, pat, pet, please, poach, prepare, prepare food,
roast, satisfy, saute, scallop, sear, shirr, simmer, spoil,
spoon-feed, steam, stew, stir-fry, suckle, sustain, toast,
wet-nurse, yield to