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[kuhd-ee] /ˈkʌd i/
noun, plural cuddies.
  1. a small room, cabin, or enclosed space at the bow or stern of a boat, especially one under the poop.
  2. a galley or pantry in a small boat.
  3. a small locker in an open boat, especially one at the bow.
  4. (on a fishing boat) a platform on which a net is coiled when not in use.
a small room, cupboard, or closet.
Origin of cuddy1
First recorded in 1650-60; of uncertain origin


[kuhd-ee, koo d-ee] /ˈkʌd i, ˈkʊd i/
noun, plural cuddies. Chiefly Scot.
a donkey.
a stupid person.
1705-15; perhaps generic use of Cuddy, short for Cuthbert, man's name Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for cuddy
Historical Examples
  • He said the last portion of this sentence to himself as he emerged from the cuddy.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • It took her a twelvemonth to go round the cuddy with this labor of love.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • He slipped off the table and left the cuddy without a look at us.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • "The brig is small but the cuddy is fit for a lady," went on Lingard with animation.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • He had sent his boat away and was now waiting for me in the cuddy.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • And I used to watch him down the skylight, playing cards in the cuddy with the others.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The rain continued to pour down, and Paul retired to the cuddy again.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • Six bells sounded from the ship as he returned to the cuddy.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • The cuddy is a fish of which I know not the philosophical name.

  • They all know how to extract from the cuddy, oil for their lamps.

British Dictionary definitions for cuddy


noun (pl) -dies
a small cabin in a boat
a small room, cupboard, etc
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Dutch kajute; compare Old French cahute


noun (pl) -dies
(dialect, mainly Scot) a donkey or horse
Word Origin
C18: probably from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert


noun (pl) -dies
a young coalfish
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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