- a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
verb (used with object), mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling.
- to coddle; pamper.
- (tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
- 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.