[ kuh-nood-l ]
/ kəˈnud l /

verb (used with or without object), ca·noo·dled, ca·noo·dling. Slang.

to caress, fondle, or pet amorously.


Origin of canoodle

1855–60; perhaps ca(ress) + noodle2
Related formsca·noo·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for canoodle


/ (kəˈnuːdəl) /


(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



"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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