AskDefine | Define mollycoddle

Dictionary Definition

mollycoddle n : a pampered darling; an effeminate man v : treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn: pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, spoil, indulge]

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  1. A person, especially a man or a boy, who is pampered and overprotected.
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      No matter what pacifist "flubdubs and flapdoodle mollycoddles" might say, the President [Teddy Roosevelt] knew that if there were a general war then America could well be drawn into it.


  1. To be overprotective and indulgent toward; to pamper.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Lord Fauntleroy, Milquetoast, Percy, baby, bay, big baby, cater to, chicken, cocker, coddle, cosset, cream puff, crybaby, doormat, dull tool, effeminate, enfant terrible, favor, give way to, goody-goody, gratify, gutless wonder, humor, indulge, invertebrate, jellyfish, lightweight, lily, meek soul, milksop, much, namby-pamby, nance, nancy, naughty child, nebbish, nonentity, oblige, old woman, pamper, pansy, pantywaist, please, pushover, sad sack, satisfy, sissy, softling, softy, sop, spoil, spoiled child, weak sister, weakling, yield to
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