mollycoddler


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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mollycoddler - someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgencemollycoddler - someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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Three-year-olds climb trees, build dens, saw wood and even make toast on an open fire, all of which will make the mollycoddlers feel faint.