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coaxing (ˈkəʊksɪŋ) 



  1. the act of persuading by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc   ⇒ It took a lot of convincing to get the lady to continue the walk, but the coaxing was worth it: the temple was magnificent.


  1. serving to persuade or manipulate

coax1 (kəʊks Pronunciation for coax1



  1. to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
  2. (transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
  3. (transitive) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desires   ⇒ he coaxed the engine into starting
  4. (transitive) (obsolete) to caress
  5. (transitive) (obsolete) to deceive

Derived Forms

ˈcoaxer noun
ˈcoaxingly adverb

Word Origin

C16: verb formed from obsolete noun cokes fool, of unknown origin


View thesaurus entry
= persuade, cajole, talk into, wheedle, sweet-talk, prevail upon, inveigle, soft-soap, twist (someone's) arm, flatter, entice, beguile, allure,

Example Sentences Including 'coaxing'

Black cat bent over the saucer, and ate, with the low trilling sound she uses for coaxing her kittens.
Doris Lessing ON CATS (2002)
But in India, marketers of consumer goods are having a tough time coaxing consumption.
Business Today (2002)
He was coaxing passengers to take the time to fill in a form to give management ashore a report card on the cruise.
Misc (1995)
It is, Bailey suggests, after some coaxing , a meditation on the use of make-up through history.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The whine in her voice gave him hope; the plea seemed languorous, a bit coaxing.
McCorquodale, Robin Dansville
When I hesitated for a second, Monty grinned and beckoned me in, coaxing me like some reluctant mustang he had just begun coaching.
Jan Fennell, Foreword by Monty Roberts THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)
Xaphista spoke to her often, coaxing one minute, taunting the next.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)


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