Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “coddle”


verb [T] (PROTECT)    /ˈkɒd.l̩/ US  /ˈkɑː.dl̩/
to protect someone or something too much: The steel industry is coddled by trade protection and massive subsidies.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and savingTreating someone well
(Definition of coddle verb (PROTECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of coddle

More definitions for “coddle”

Definitions of “coddle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More