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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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  • Jacob lay sound asleep upon a locker in the cuddy within easy reach of a shout down the companionway or through the skylight.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • He's to take his money down to the cuddy, and he'll get his answer there.'

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • If we catch you tastin' so11 much as half a cuddy biscuit, by the living thunder!

  • 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
  • Why repeat steerage gossip, about mysterious cargoes, at the cuddy table?

    Dead Men Tell No Tales E. W. Hornung
  • He had sent his boat away and was now waiting for me in the cuddy.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • Tom left the pumps for a minute or two, and slipped into the cuddy for a dram of rum, which he very much needed.

    Within the Capes Howard Pyle
  • The rain continued to pour down, and Paul retired to the cuddy again.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • They gave a brief look into the cuddy, but did not discover those in hiding.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • Six bells sounded from the ship as he returned to the cuddy.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
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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