[ kuh-bood-l ]
See synonyms for caboodle on
  1. the lot, pack, or crowd: I have no use for the whole caboodle.

Idioms about caboodle

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

Origin of caboodle

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; perhaps ca- + boodle

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How to use caboodle in a sentence

  • In my fantasy world, the entire bonus caboodle—every last cent—would go to the reconstruction of Haiti.

    Wall Street's Dirty Little Secret | Tunku Varadarajan | January 17, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "Whole caboodle workin' like a charm," he said, good humoredly.

    The Devil's Own | Randall Parrish
  • 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
  • I suppose a lot of these might as well be thrown away, but well dump the whole caboodle down in the cellar for now.

    The Turner Twins | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Toothbrushes, nutcrackers, babies' baths—the whole caboodle of manufacture—are now set to music.

    Another Sheaf | John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for caboodle


/ (kəˈbuːdəl) /

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

Origin of caboodle

C19: probably contraction of kit 1 and boodle

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Other Idioms and Phrases with caboodle


see whole kit and caboodle.

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