Compare British dialect caddle (“to coax, spoil, fondle”) and cade.
- (transitive) To treat gently or with great care.
- How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas! — Thackeray.
- He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation. — Southey.
- (transitive) To cook slowly in hot water that is below the boiling point.
- It [the guava fruit] may be coddled. — Dampier.
to treat gently or with great care
coddle (plural coddles)