noun Informal.

the lot, pack, or crowd: I have no use for the whole caboodle.

Nearby words

  1. cabob,
  2. caboched,
  3. cabochon,
  4. caboché,
  5. caboclo,
  6. caboose,
  7. cabora bassa,
  8. caboshed,
  9. cabot,
  10. cabot strait


    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

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British Dictionary definitions for caboodle



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

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Word Origin and History for caboodle



c.1848, see kit.

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Idioms and Phrases with caboodle


see whole kit and caboodle.

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