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.