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coddle (verb) pamper; to cook eggs in water, not boiling hot.
When you coddle someone, you show them more affection and attention than are necessary. Usually we coddle children. That is, we treat them with too much of care and attention. The result may be their getting spoilt. When we treat an adult also like a child, showing them too much kindness and gentleness, we coddle them. Coddling an egg is cooking an egg in water, not boiling hot. We cook it up to just below the normal temperature required for boiling.
- Anita coddles her husband Amos, as though he were a child, needing all care and attention. Even children are not treated so kindly and gently.
- Coddling children may spoil them, and it usually does. When we are too gentle and kind to the child, it gets used to the excess of attention and becomes unmanageable.