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molly +‎ coddle


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɒl.ɪˌkɒd.əl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑl.iˌkɑd.əl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒdəl


mollycoddle (plural mollycoddles)

  1. (now rare) A person, especially a man or a boy, who is pampered and overprotected.
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 32, in The History of Pendennis. [], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, OCLC 2057953:
      You have been bred up as a molly-coddle, Pen, and spoilt by the women.
    • 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage:
      No matter what pacifist "flubdubs and flapdoodle mollycoddles" might say, the President [Teddy Roosevelt] knew that if there were a general war then America could well be drawn into it.



mollycoddle (third-person singular simple present mollycoddles, present participle mollycoddling, simple past and past participle mollycoddled)

  1. (transitive) To be overprotective and indulgent toward; to pamper.
    • 1904, Sabine Baring-Gould, The White Flag:
      Heerendorp by this means obtained an evil notoriety, and it was ordered to be burnt, and the women of Jacob's family to be transferred to a concentration camp where they would be mollycoddled at the expense of the English taxpayer.
    • Oct 13th 2012, “Policy prescriptions: A True Progressivism”, in The Economist[1]:
      Rich countries also need more competition in traditionally mollycoddled sectors such as education.