originally (1586) in the slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "fool, simpleton", itself of obscure origin, perhaps related to cock (male bird, pert boy). The modern spelling is from 1706.
- (UK) IPA(key): /kəʊks/
- (US) enPR: kōks, IPA(key): /koʊks/
Audio (US), verb (file)
- Homophones: Cokes, cokes
- (obsolete) To fondle, kid, pet, tease.
- To wheedle, persuade (a person, organisation, animal etc.) gradually or by use of flattery to do something.
- 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
- On paper, Continental Drift boasts a jaw-dropping voice cast, including but not limited to Jennifer Lopez, Patrick Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Alan Tudyk. But in practice, the overstuffed ensemble leaves the cast no room to distinguish themselves, and directors Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier don’t seem interested in coaxing performances that might render their money stars less identifiable.
- He coaxed the horse gently into the trailer.
- To carefully manipulate into a particular desired state, situation or position.
- 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
- Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.
- They coaxed the rope through the pipe.
coax (plural coaxes)
- (obsolete) A simpleton; a dupe.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
Shortened from coaxial
- Shortened form of
coax m (plural coax)
- coax (coaxial cable)