Cod"dle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Coddling (?).] [Cf. Prov. E. caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and Cade, a. & v. t.] [Written also codle.]

1.

To parboil, or soften by boiling.

It [the guava fruit] may be coddled. Dampier.

2.

To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.

How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas! Thackeray.

He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation. Southey.

 

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