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[ood-lz] /ˈud lz/
noun, (sometimes used with a singular verb) Informal.
a large quantity:
oodles of love; oodles of money.
Origin of oodles
First recorded in 1865-70; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • I've been rather skimped on the last several meals, but there's oodles of grub over in the cabin.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • We have oodles of ice at the farm and we all love ice-cream, so I suggest that we send home and borrow our four-quart freezer!

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • You see, Yetta, you've made a great hit with her, and she's got oodles of money.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • You acted like a big boy that likes to have fun—oh, just oodles of fun, but hasn't got a mean hair in his head.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • Charlie's father had oodles of money, and was the principal director of the idea, and he was the grouch.

  • We've oodles of things to wrap for the 'Mystery Auction,' and Hippy you must be auctioneer.

  • For the present she realized only that she had oodles of money to sprinkle.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Her father is one of the high muck-a-mucks of the Black Pennant Lineowns oodles of stock.

British Dictionary definitions for oodles


plural noun
(informal) great quantities: oodles of money
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oodles

"lots," 1869, American English (originally in a Texas context), perhaps from the caboodle in kit and caboodle (see kit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for oodles



A large amount; lots; a SHITHOUSE FULL, a SHITLOAD: They have oodles of charisma

[1869+; perhaps fr boodle, caboodle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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