overcoddle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ coddle

Verb[edit]

overcoddle (third-person singular simple present overcoddles, present participle overcoddling, simple past and past participle overcoddled)

  1. (transitive) To coddle too much; to treat with too much care.
    • 2007, Bruce Grierson, U-Turn
      If we're anxious adults, it's probably not because we were overcoddled as toddlers, but that a particular gene on chromosome 17 — one that regulates serotonin transmission — is quite different from the one found in folks who are preternaturally laid-back.