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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.
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 cuddling
  • That's not to suggest anyone start cuddling with the animals anytime soon.
  • The babies often return to their mothers only to nurse, all the carrying and cuddling and retrieval is done by the dads.
  • We spent the remaining time with him, talking and cuddling.
  • In the master bedroom of our split-level, pillow talk and cuddling have concluded and now sleep-time is the time for aloneness.
  • The zoo offers animal feeding demonstrations and koala cuddling sessions.
  • Whereupon they're in her apartment again, taking their clothes off, she excitedly cuddling her new doll in a bed heaped with them.
  • Although babies will not understand the words, your voice and your cuddling are exactly what s/he needs.
  • Infants need lots of cuddling, eye contact, and one-on-one attention.
  • The project emphasizes the symbolic closeness of a family through cuddling, reading, and dental care.
  • He prefers a lot of cuddling as he takes in everything around him.
British Dictionary definitions for cuddling


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 cuddling



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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