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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.
Origin of cuddle
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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  • He was not fond of petting, but allowed one or two honored beings to cuddle him.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5 Louisa M. Alcott
  • cuddle up against me, darling, and try and go to sleep then.


    Florence A. Sitwell
  • I expect they cuddle you and play with you and hold you 'most exactly like mothers.

    The Girl Scouts at Home

    Katherine Keene Galt
  • If you do that again, Allyn, sister won't have any little brother to cuddle.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • You are the Devil's own son, Ivan; come and let me cuddle you.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • Then it was a joy to rush back to bed and cuddle closely in the warmth.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • I shouldn't care to hold a young heron in my hand and cuddle it!

  • Had you seen one of them, you could hardly have helped wanting to cuddle him.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
British Dictionary definitions for cuddle


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 cuddle

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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