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[kuhd-l] /ˈkʌd l/
verb (used with object), cuddled, cuddling.
to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.
verb (used without object), cuddled, cuddling.
to lie close and snug; nestle.
to curl up in going to sleep.
act of cuddling; hug; embrace.
Origin of cuddle
1510-20; perhaps back formation from Middle English cudliche intimate, affectionate, Old English cūthlīc, or from Middle English cuthlechen, Old English cūthlǣcan to make friends with; see couth2, -ly Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cuddle
  • But you can hold them and cuddle them while they're getting the vaccine, and then you can hold them tightly afterwards.
  • Whatever its origins, the grille-mounted cuddle object is found across the country.
  • He enjoys a good cuddle with the oil execs and also with the health care execs.
  • Most humans-and animals-don't cuddle up with corpses.
  • Maybe they wouldn't be so angry all the time if they simply had something their size to cuddle.
  • Her fuzzy, bluish-gray fur is the distinct coat of a hooded seal less than a year old, and she appears soft enough to cuddle.
  • Otherwise, keep to yourselves and cuddle in the warmth of your newly manipulated nationalism.
  • It's a soft, comfortable material that makes you want to curl up and cuddle with a warm cup of tea.
  • It's a brace against the whistling winds and quiet nights of the soul, a balm to the free-floating desire for cuddle and comfort.
  • One dog loves to cuddle and lie with one of the cats.
British Dictionary definitions for cuddle


to hold (another person or thing) close or (of two people, etc) to hold each other close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth; embrace; hug
(intransitive) foll by up. to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position
a close embrace, esp when prolonged
Derived Forms
cuddlesome, adjective
cuddly, adjective
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cuddle

early 16c. (implied in cudlyng), perhaps a variant of obsolete cull, coll "to embrace" (see collar (n.)); or perhaps from Middle English *couthelen, from couth "known," hence "comfortable with." It has a spotty early history and seems to have been a nursery word at first. Related: Cuddled; cuddling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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