(transitive, and, intransitive) To persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises; to coax.
* 1722 , , Moll Flanders , ch. 12:
* 1820 , , The Abbot , ch. 27:
- Then he cajoled with his brother, and persuaded him what service he had done him.
* 1894 , , Only An Irish Boy , ch. 19:
- If you are cajoled by the cunning arguments of a trumpeter of heresy, or the praises of a puritanic old woman, is not that womanish?
* 1898 , , The Battle Of The Strong , ch. 37:
- He had tried bullying, and without success. He would try cajoling and temptation.
* 1917 , , King Coal , ch. 8:
- [W]ith eloquent arts he had cajoled a young girl into a secret marriage.
* 2010 August 4, Michael Scherer, "
- Schulman, general manager of the "G. F. C.," had been sending out messengers to hunt for him, and finally had got him in his office, arguing and pleading, cajoling and denouncing him by turns.
NonSTARTer? Obama's Troubled Nuclear Treaty," Time :
- For weeks, the White House, the Pentagon and Senate Democrats have been working overtime to cajole , convince and placate Republicans.
* entice, inveigle, wheedle
A short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.
* 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
- The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly and looked at the inmates. The threat to swing glinted in his eye.
- Then they had bouts of wrestling and of cudgel play, so that every day they gained in skill and strength.
- He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and falls to rating of them as if they were dogs.
To strike with a cudgel.
- The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
To exercise (one's wits or brains).
- I would cudgel him like a dog if he would say so.