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canoodle

[kuh-nood-l] /kəˈnud l/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), canoodled, canoodling. Slang.
1.
caress, fondle, or pet amorously.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; perhaps ca(ress) + noodle2
Related forms
canoodler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for canoodle

canoodle

/kəˈnuːdəl/
verb
1.
(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 canoodle
canoodle
by 1850s, "to indulge in caresses and fondling endearments" [OED], U.S. slang, of uncertain origin. The earliest known source is 1859, British, identifying the word as American.
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Slang definitions & phrases for canoodle

canoodle

verb
  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]


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