Codling vs Codding - What's the difference?

codling | codding |

As verbs the difference between codling and codding

is that codling is while codding is .

As a noun codling

is a small, young cod or codling can be a small, immature apple.

As an adjective codding is

(obsolete) lustful.



Etymology 1


(en noun)
  • A small, young cod
  • * 1922 , Hugh Lofting, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', part 4, chapter 2, ''The Fidgit's Story :
  • “Here a couple of old men in whiskers and spectacles leant over us, making strange sounds. Some codling had got caught in the net the same time as we were. These the old men threw back into the sea; but us they seemed to think very precious. …”
  • A hake (cod-related food fish), notably from the genus .
  • Etymology 2


  • Etymology 3

    * Some dictionaries including Merriam-Webster online list (etyl) querdlyng, being equivalent to modern (-ling). * Some dictionaries including Collins online list “Unknown”.

    Alternative forms

    * codlin


    (en noun)
  • A small, immature apple
  • * 1601–02 , , Twelfth Night , act 1, scene 5:
  • Malvolio: Not yet old enough for a man, nor yong enough
    for a boy: as a squash is before tis a pescod, or a Codling
    when tis almost an Apple: Tis with him in standing water,
    betweene boy and man. He is verie well-fauour'd,
    and he speakes verie shrewishly: One would thinke his
    mothers milke were scarse out of him
  • * 1800 , Hannah Glasse and Maria Wilson, The Complete Confectioner'', ''Creams, &c. :
  • To make Codling' Cream.
    Take twenty fair '
    , core them, beat them in a mortar with a pint of cream, strain it into a dish, put into it some crumbs of brown bread, with a little-sack, and dish it up.
  • Any of various greenish, elongated English apple varieties, used for cooking
  • See also codling moth, which plant their lavae in apples.




  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) lustful
  • (Shakespeare)
    (Webster 1913)