June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
1. treat in an indulgent or overprotective way: I was coddled and cosseted.
2. cook (an egg) in water below the boiling point.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (in the sense [boil (fruit) gently] ): origin uncertain; sense 1 is probably dialect variant of obsolete caudle [administer invalids’ gruel,] …