from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To coax; spoil.
  • To attend officiously.
  • To tease; scold; annoy.
  • n. A dispute; contention; confusion; noise.


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  • "You ben't to put yourself in a caddle, Mrs. Dale, an 'I know what I be talkin' of."

    The Devil's Garden

  • This morning, when I arrived downstairs, the kitchen was all of a caddle.

    A Poor Man's House

  • But how's us ever to get out of the caddle where we be?

    Six Plays

  • And Robert, you and me will have a drink after all this caddle.

    Six Plays

  • There could never come a worser caddle into a man's days nor matrimony, I count.

    Six Plays

  • "If ye'd ha 'married, d'ye see, maister," he said, "this caddle couldn't have happened to us."

    The Woodlanders

  • "Here's a pretty caddle about giving a boy's due!" said the innkeeper.

    Jan of the Windmill

  • Mrs. Lake could sometimes remember things when she got into bed, but on this occasion her pillow did not assist her; and the windmiller snubbed her for making "such a caddle" about a woman's face she might have seen anywhere or nowhere, for that matter; so she got no help from him.

    Jan of the Windmill

  • garden i am back to my home, no sleep, in jet lag. early morning, i went to the garden and think that the garden is like me, need to be caddle.


  • Ther ain't no credit in gettin 'well. Ther' wur no sich a caddle about sick folk when I wur a bwoy. "

    Tom Brown at Oxford


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  • One's work and nutrition do battle

    So breakfast each morning's a caddle

    Or, too rushed to grapple,

    We pocket an apple

    And, thwarted again, we skedaddle.

    June 21, 2016