Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cook in water just below the boiling point.
  • transitive verb To treat indulgently; baby. synonym: pamper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make effeminate by pampering; make much of; treat tenderly as an invalid; humor; pamper.
  • To boil gently; seethe; stew, as fruit.
  • noun An over-indulged, pampered being; a person or animal made weak or effeminate by tender treatment.
  • In tobacco manufacturing, to injure by fermentation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To parboil, or soften by boiling.
  • transitive verb To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To treat gently or with great care.
  • verb transitive To cook slowly in hot water that is below the boiling point.
  • noun An Irish dish comprising layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and bacon rashers with sliced potatoes and onions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb treat with excessive indulgence
  • verb cook in nearly boiling water

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly alteration of caudle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Compare British dialect caddle ("to coax, spoil, fondle") and cade.

Examples

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  • Wanting to see the law respected is not the same as wanting to "coddle" our enemies.

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  • One Afghan politician believes that, while Gen. David Petraeus will almost certainly pursue a counterinsurgency strategy similar to his predecessor's, he will be less inclined to "coddle" Karzai on corruption than McChrystal was.

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  • One Afghan politician believes that, while Gen. David Petraeus will almost certainly pursue a counterinsurgency strategy similar to his predecessor's, he will be less inclined to "coddle" Karzai on corruption than McChrystal was.

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  • Clinton wasn't going to "coddle" Beijing dictators, remember?

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