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[kuh-nood-l] /kəˈnud l/
verb (used with or without object), canoodled, canoodling. Slang.
to caress, fondle, or pet amorously.
Origin of canoodle
1855-60; perhaps ca(ress) + noodle2
Related forms
canoodler, noun Unabridged
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(slang) (intransitive) often foll by with. to kiss and cuddle; pet; fondle
Derived Forms
canoodler, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for canoodle

"to indulge in caresses and fondling endearments" [OED], by 1850s, said to be U.S. slang, of uncertain origin. The earliest known sources are British, but they tend to identify the word as American. In the 1830s it seems to have been in use in Britain in a sense of "cheat" or "overpower." Related: Canoodled; canoodling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for canoodle



  1. To hug, caress, etc; make love
  2. To coax, esp by lavishing affection

[1850s+; origin uncertain; said to be Oxford University slang, ''paddle a canoe,'' which might lead to amorous behavior and blandishment, as little as this seems likely in an unstable watercraft]

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