Definitions

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

Etymologies

Possibly alteration of caudle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare British dialect caddle ("to coax, spoil, fondle") and cade. (Wiktionary)

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