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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. [1913 Webster] It [the guava fruit] may be coddled. --Dampier. [1913 Webster] 2. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper. [1913 Webster] How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas! --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

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