Pronunciation: (kod'l), [key]
—v.t., -dled, -dling.
1. to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
2. to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
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