From Old Northern French caudel, from Medieval Latin caldellum, diminutive of Latin caldum, caldus (“warm”).
caudle (plural caudles)
- A hot drink given to the sick, consisting of wine or ale, eggs, and bread.
caudle (third-person singular simple present caudles, present participle caudling, simple past and past participle caudled)
- (transitive) To make into caudle.
- (transitive) To serve as a caudle to; to refresh.
c. 1605–1606, Shakespeare, William, Timon of Athens, act 4, scene 3, lines 226–228:
- Will the cold brook, / Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste, / To cure thy o'ernight's surfeit?