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coddle

cod·dle

coddle

 
pronunciation:
ka dl
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coddled, coddles, coddling
definition 1: to treat with indulgence, as one would treat an invalid or baby; pamper.
Her parents think she coddles her son and fear that he'll grow up weak and spoiled.
synonyms:
baby, cosset, mollycoddle, pamper
antonyms:
neglect
similar words:
cater to, dote on, favor, humor, indulge, overprotect, spoil
definition 2: to simmer in water that is almost at the boiling point.
He wanted her to coddle the eggs, but she scrambled them as usual.
synonyms:
poach, simmer
similar words:
boil, stew
derivation: coddler (n.)