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[kuh-nood-l] /kəˈnud l/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), canoodled, canoodling. Slang.
caress, fondle, or pet amorously.
1855-60; perhaps ca(ress) + noodle2
Related forms
canoodler, noun Unabridged
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  • Hot tubs and fireplaces make for convivial canoodling.
  • It's a big, cheerful room with balcony seating perfect for spying or canoodling.
British Dictionary definitions for canoodling


(slang) (intransitive) often foll by with. to kiss and cuddle; pet; fondle
Derived Forms
canoodler, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for canoodling



"to indulge in caresses and fondling endearments" [OED], by 1850s, said to be U.S. slang, of uncertain origin. The earliest known sources are British, but they tend to identify the word as American. In the 1830s it seems to have been in use in Britain in a sense of "cheat" or "overpower." Related: Canoodled; canoodling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for canoodling


  1. To hug, caress, etc; make love
  2. To coax, esp by lavishing affection

[1850s+; origin uncertain; said to be Oxford University slang, ''paddle a canoe,'' which might lead to amorous behavior and blandishment, as little as this seems likely in an unstable watercraft]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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