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[kuh-bood-l] /kəˈbud l/
noun, Informal.
the lot, pack, or crowd:
I have no use for the whole caboodle.
kit and caboodle. kit1 (def 10).
Origin of caboodle
1840-50, Americanism; perhaps ca- + boodle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for caboodle
Historical Examples
  • The girls are the worst of the caboodle, though some of 'em aren't bad looking.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The whole pack and caboodle are chasing me in a nightmare every time I go to sleep.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • They only had to wait a couple of hours and the whole kit and caboodle would have been dumped in their laps.

  • S'pose you do it, and paddle round outside o' the reef and board the yacht, the whole kit and caboodle of ye.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • Why, I wouldn't give a snap of my fingers fer the whole kit and caboodle of ye, you low-down, sneakin' parcel o' thieves.

    Bob Hampton of Placer

    Randall Parrish
  • "Looks to me as if 'Earty and the bull and the whole bloomin' caboodle'll come over together," muttered Bindle.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Ill sell you the whole kit and caboodle in the car and out of it for twenty-five dollars.

British Dictionary definitions for caboodle


(informal) a lot, bunch, or group (esp in the phrases the whole caboodle, the whole kit and caboodle)
Word Origin
C19: probably contraction of kit1 and boodle
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Word Origin and History for caboodle

c.1848, see kit.

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Slang definitions & phrases for caboodle



A totality; discrete unit; boodle: Keep the whole caboodle

Related Terms

kit and caboodle

[1840+; perhaps fr boodle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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