canoodle

[kuh-nood-l]
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Origin of canoodle

1855–60; perhaps ca(ress) + noodle2
Related formsca·noo·dler, noun
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Related Words for canoodle

pet, caress, embrace, canoodle

British Dictionary definitions for canoodle

canoodle

verb
  1. (intr often foll by with) slang to kiss and cuddle; pet; fondle
Derived Formscanoodler, noun

Word Origin for canoodle

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for canoodle
v.

"to indulge in caresses and fondling endearments" [OED], by 1850s, said to be U.S. slang, of uncertain origin. The earliest known sources are British, but they tend to identify the word as American. In the 1830s it seems to have been in use in Britain in a sense of "cheat" or "overpower." Related: Canoodled; canoodling.

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