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ca·jole  audio  (k-jl) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
ca·joled, ca·jol·ing, ca·joles
To urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery; wheedle.

ETYMOLOGY:
French cajoler, possibly blend of Old French cageoler, to chatter like a jay (from geai, jai, jay; see jay2), and Old French gaioler, to lure into a cage (from gaiole, jaiole, cage; see jail)

OTHER FORMS:
ca·joler(Noun), ca·joler·y  (-jl-r) KEY (Noun), ca·joling·ly(Adverb)


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