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  1. kit and caboodle. kit1(def 10).

Origin of caboodle

1840–50, Americanism; perhaps ca- + boodle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caboodle

Historical Examples of caboodle

  • The girls are the worst of the caboodle, though some of 'em aren't bad looking.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The whole pack and caboodle are chasing me in a nightmare every time I go to sleep.

    The Landloper

    Holman Day

  • They only had to wait a couple of hours and the whole kit and caboodle would have been dumped in their laps.

  • S'pose you do it, and paddle round outside o' the reef and board the yacht, the whole kit and caboodle of ye.

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde

  • Why, I wouldn't give a snap of my fingers fer the whole kit and caboodle of ye, you low-down, sneakin' parcel o' thieves.

    Bob Hampton of Placer

    Randall Parrish

British Dictionary definitions for caboodle


  1. informal a lot, bunch, or group (esp in the phrases the whole caboodle, the whole kit and caboodle)

Word Origin for caboodle

C19: probably contraction of kit 1 and boodle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caboodle

c.1848, see kit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with caboodle


see whole kit and caboodle.

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