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cuddle

[kuhd-l] /ˈkʌd 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
1510-1520
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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  • 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

cuddle

/ˈkʌdəl/
verb
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.
(intransitive) foll by up. to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position
noun
3.
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

cuddle

v.

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.

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