coax
I. transitive verb Etymology: earlier cokes, from cokes simpleton Date: 1581 1. obsolete fondle, pet 2. to influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering ; wheedle <
coaxed him into going
>
3. to draw, gain, or persuade by means of gentle urging or flattery <
unable to coax an answer out of him
>
4. to manipulate with great perseverance and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity <
coax a fire to burn
>
Synonyms: see cajole II. noun Date: 1945 coaxial cable

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  • coax — [kəuks US kouks] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: cokes stupid person (16 17 centuries)] 1.) to persuade someone to do something that they do not want to do by talking to them in a kind, gentle, and patient way ▪ Please, Vic, come with us, Nancy… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coax — [ kouks ] verb transitive 1. ) to gently persuade someone to do something: After dinner Lily was coaxed into singing several songs. It took some time, but we were finally able to coax him out of quitting. a ) if you coax something out of someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • coax — [kōks] vt. [orig. slang, “to make a coax of” < obs. slang coax, cox, cokes, a fool, ninny] 1. to induce or try to induce to do something; (seek to) persuade by soothing words, an ingratiating manner, etc.; wheedle 2. to get by coaxing vi. to… …   English World dictionary

  • coax — 1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes a fool, ninny, simpleton (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to COCK (Cf. cock) (1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing …   Etymology dictionary

  • coax — coax, cajole, wheedle, blandish mean to use ingratiating art in persuading or attempting to persuade. Coax implies gentle, persistent efforts to induce another or to draw what is desired out of another {in a coaxing voice, suited to a nurse… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Coax — (k[=o]ks; 110), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coaxed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Coaxing}.] [Cf. OE. cokes fool, a person easily imposed upon, W. coeg empty, foolish; F. coquin knave, rogue.] To persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coax — Coax, n. A simpleton; a dupe. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coax — I verb allure, appeal, attract, bait, blandish, bribe, cajole, captivate, convince, encourage, engage, enlist, ensnare, entice, evoke, exert pressure, exhort, hominem permulcere, homini blandiri, impel, incite, induce, influence, insist, inspire …   Law dictionary

  • coax — [v] persuade allure, argue into, armtwist*, barter, beguile, blandish, blarney, butter up*, cajole, come on, con, decoy, entice, flatter, get, hook, importune, induce, influence, inveigle, jawbone*, lure, pester, plague, press, prevail upon, rope …   New thesaurus

  • coax — ► VERB 1) persuade gradually or by flattery to do something. 2) manipulate carefully into a particular situation or position. ORIGIN originally in the sense pet, fondle : from obsolete cokes «simpleton» …   English terms dictionary

  • coax — [[t]ko͟ʊks[/t]] coaxes, coaxing, coaxed 1) VERB If you coax someone into doing something, you gently try to persuade them to do it. [V n prep] After lunch, she watched, listened and coaxed Bobby into talking about himself... [V n to inf] The… …   English dictionary

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