cuddled

cuddle

[kuhd-l]
verb (used with object), cuddled, cuddling.
1.
to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.
verb (used without object), cuddled, cuddling.
2.
to lie close and snug; nestle.
3.
to curl up in going to sleep.
noun
4.
act of cuddling; hug; embrace.

Origin:
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

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cuddle (ˈkʌdəl)
 
vb (foll by up)
1.  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
2.  to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position
 
n
3.  a close embrace, esp when prolonged
 
[C18: of uncertain origin]
 
'cuddlesome
 
adj
 
'cuddly
 
adj

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cuddle
c.1520, probably a variant of obs. cull, coll "to embrace" (see collar), or perhaps M.E. *couthelen, from couth "known," hence "comfortable with." The word has a spotty early history, and it seems to have been a nursery word at first. Related: Cuddly (1863).
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