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.
- n. An over-indulged, pampered being; a person or animal made weak or effeminate by tender treatment.
- In tobacco manufacturing, to injure by fermentation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with excessive indulgence
- v. cook in nearly boiling water
Possibly alteration of caudle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare British dialect caddle ("to coax, spoil, fondle") and cade. (Wiktionary)