cajole

ca|jole [kəˈdʒəul US -ˈdʒoul] v [I and T]
[Date: 1600-1700; : French; Origin: cajoler 'to make noises like a bird in a cage, cajole', from Old North French gaiole 'birdcage', from Latin cavea; CAGE1]
to gradually persuade someone to do something by being nice to them, or making promises to them
cajole sb into doing sth
Aid workers do their best to cajole rich countries into helping.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Cajole — Ca*jole , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cajoled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cajoling}.] [F. cajoler, orig., to chatter like a bird in a cage, to sing; hence, to amuse with idle talk, to flatter, from the source of OF. goale, jaiole, F. ge[^o]le, dim. of cage a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cajolé — cajolé, ée (ka jo lé, lée) part. passé. Un enfant cajolé par sa bonne. Cette jeune fille cajolée par les garçons du village …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • cajole — (v.) 1640s, from Fr. cajoler to cajole, wheedle, coax, perhaps a blend of M.Fr. cageoler to chatter like a jay (16c., from gajole, southern dim. of geai jay ), and O.Fr. gaioler to cage, entice into a cage (see JAIL (Cf. jail)). Related: Cajoled; …   Etymology dictionary

  • cajole — I verb allure, bait, coax, entice, importune, lure, ply, pressure, push, tease, tempt, urge II index coax, entice, importune, influence, inveigle, lure …   Law dictionary

  • cajole — [v] attempt to coax; flatter apple polish*, argue into, banter, beguile, blandish, bootlick*, brownnose*, build up, butter up*, con, crowd, deceive, decoy, delude, dupe, entice, entrap, get around, get next to*, hand a line*, induce, influence,… …   New thesaurus

  • cajolé — Cajolé, [cajol]ée. part. pass …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • cajole — ► VERB ▪ persuade (someone) to do something by sustained coaxing or flattery. DERIVATIVES cajolery noun. ORIGIN French cajoler …   English terms dictionary

  • cajole — [kə jōl′] vt., vi. cajoled, cajoling [Fr cajoler, orig. to chatter like a jay in a cage; ? blend of OFr cage (see CAGE) + jaole, JAIL] to coax with flattery and insincere talk; wheedle SYN. COAX cajolery n. cajolement cajoler n. cajolingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • cajole — v. 1)(d; tr.) (with an inanimate object) to cajole from, out of (she cajoled some money from him) 2) (d; tr.) to cajole into (he cajoled me into signing over the property) 3) (d; tr.) (with an animate object) to cajole out of (they cajoled him… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cajole — transitive verb (cajoled; cajoling) Etymology: French cajoler Date: 1630 1. a. to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance ; coax < had to cajole …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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