mollycoddle


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mol·ly·cod·dle

 (mŏl′ē-kŏd′l)
v.tr. mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling, mol·ly·cod·dles
To be overprotective and indulgent toward. See Synonyms at pamper.
n.
A person, especially a man or a boy, who is pampered and overprotected.

[molly, milksop (from Molly, nickname for Mary) + coddle.]

mol′ly·cod′dler n.

mollycoddle

(ˈmɒlɪˌkɒdəl)
vb
(tr) to treat with indulgent care; pamper
n
a pampered person
[C19: from molly2 + coddle]
ˈmollyˌcoddler n

mol•ly•cod•dle

(ˈmɒl iˌkɒd l)

v. -dled, -dling,
n. v.t.
1. to coddle; pamper.
n.
2. a man or boy who is used to being coddled; a milksop.
[1825–35; molly, Molly an effeminate boy (generic use of the female given name) + coddle]
mol′ly•cod`dler, n.

mollycoddle


Past participle: mollycoddled
Gerund: mollycoddling

Imperative
mollycoddle
mollycoddle
Present
I mollycoddle
you mollycoddle
he/she/it mollycoddles
we mollycoddle
you mollycoddle
they mollycoddle
Preterite
I mollycoddled
you mollycoddled
he/she/it mollycoddled
we mollycoddled
you mollycoddled
they mollycoddled
Present Continuous
I am mollycoddling
you are mollycoddling
he/she/it is mollycoddling
we are mollycoddling
you are mollycoddling
they are mollycoddling
Present Perfect
I have mollycoddled
you have mollycoddled
he/she/it has mollycoddled
we have mollycoddled
you have mollycoddled
they have mollycoddled
Past Continuous
I was mollycoddling
you were mollycoddling
he/she/it was mollycoddling
we were mollycoddling
you were mollycoddling
they were mollycoddling
Past Perfect
I had mollycoddled
you had mollycoddled
he/she/it had mollycoddled
we had mollycoddled
you had mollycoddled
they had mollycoddled
Future
I will mollycoddle
you will mollycoddle
he/she/it will mollycoddle
we will mollycoddle
you will mollycoddle
they will mollycoddle
Future Perfect
I will have mollycoddled
you will have mollycoddled
he/she/it will have mollycoddled
we will have mollycoddled
you will have mollycoddled
they will have mollycoddled
Future Continuous
I will be mollycoddling
you will be mollycoddling
he/she/it will be mollycoddling
we will be mollycoddling
you will be mollycoddling
they will be mollycoddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mollycoddling
you have been mollycoddling
he/she/it has been mollycoddling
we have been mollycoddling
you have been mollycoddling
they have been mollycoddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mollycoddling
you will have been mollycoddling
he/she/it will have been mollycoddling
we will have been mollycoddling
you will have been mollycoddling
they will have been mollycoddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mollycoddling
you had been mollycoddling
he/she/it had been mollycoddling
we had been mollycoddling
you had been mollycoddling
they had been mollycoddling
Conditional
I would mollycoddle
you would mollycoddle
he/she/it would mollycoddle
we would mollycoddle
you would mollycoddle
they would mollycoddle
Past Conditional
I would have mollycoddled
you would have mollycoddled
he/she/it would have mollycoddled
we would have mollycoddled
you would have mollycoddled
they would have mollycoddled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mollycoddle - a pampered darling; an effeminate man
darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favorite, favourite, pet - a special loved one
Verb1.mollycoddle - treat with excessive indulgencemollycoddle - treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
do by, treat, handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"

mollycoddle

verb pamper, baby, ruin, pet, spoil, indulge, cosset, coddle He accused me of mollycoddling the children.

mollycoddle

verb
To treat with indulgence and often overtender care:
noun
A person who behaves in a childish, weak, or spoiled way:
Idiom: mama's boy.
Translations
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rozpieścićrozpieszczać

mollycoddle

[ˈmɒlɪkɒdl] VTmimar, sobreproteger

mollycoddle

[ˈmɒlikɒdəl] vtchouchouter, couverMolotov cocktail [ˌmɒlətɒfˈkɒkteɪl] ncocktail m Molotov

mollycoddle

nWeichling m

mollycoddle

[ˈmɒlɪˌkɒdl] vt (pej) → coccolare, vezzeggiare
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