UK [ˈmɒlɪˌkɒd(ə)l] / US [ˈmɑlɪˌkɑd(ə)l] verb [transitive]
Word forms "mollycoddle":
present tense I/you/we/they mollycoddle he/she/it mollycoddles present participle mollycoddling past tense mollycoddled past participle mollycoddled
to make someone's life too easy by protecting them too much and doing too much for them

Boys weren't mollycoddled and grew up to think and act independently.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • mollycoddle — n. a pampered darling; an effeminate man; a milksop. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mollycoddle — v. t. To pamper or coddle. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mollycoddle — (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 (Cf. coddle) (q.v.). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mollycoddle — vb humor, pamper, *indulge, spoil, baby …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mollycoddle — [v] pamper baby, caress, cater to, coddle, cosset, dandle*, fondle, indulge, overindulge, overprotect, pet, spoil, wait on; concepts 136,295 …   New thesaurus

  • mollycoddle — ► VERB ▪ treat indulgently or overprotectively. ► NOUN ▪ an effeminate man or boy. ORIGIN from molly «girl» (see MOLL(Cf. ↑moll)) + CODDLE(Cf. ↑coddler) …   English terms dictionary

  • mollycoddle — [mäl′ē käd΄ l] n. [ MOLLY + CODDLE] a man or boy used to being coddled, or protected, pampered, etc.; milksop vt. mollycoddled, mollycoddling to pamper; coddle mollycoddler n …   English World dictionary

  • mollycoddle — mol|ly|cod|dle [ˈmɔliˌkɔdl US ˈma:liˌka:dl] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: mollycoddle someone treated too kindly (19 21 centuries), from Molly a female name + coddle] to treat someone too kindly and to protect them too much from anything… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mollycoddle — verb his parents mollycoddle him Syn: pamper, cosset, coddle, spoil, indulge, overindulge, pet, baby, nanny, wait on hand and foot …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • mollycoddle — I. noun Etymology: Molly, nickname for Mary Date: 1833 a pampered or effeminate man or boy II. transitive verb ( coddled; mollycoddling) Date: 1864 to treat with an excessive or absurd degree of indulgence and attention Synonyms: see indulge •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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