mollycoddle


mollycoddle

noun

  1. a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.

verb (used with object), mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling.

  1. to coddle; pamper.

verb

  1. (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper

noun

  1. a pampered person

v.also molly-coddle, 1870, from a noun (1833) meaning “one who coddles himself,” from Molly (pet name formation from Mary), which had been used contemptuously since 1754 for “a milksop, an effeminate man,” + coddle (q.v.). Related: Mollycoddled; mollycoddling.

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