[ kuhd-l ]
/ ˈkʌd l /

verb (used with object), cud·dled, cud·dling.

to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.

verb (used without object), cud·dled, cud·dling.

to lie close and snug; nestle.
to curl up in going to sleep.


act of cuddling; hug; embrace.

Origin of cuddle

1510–20; perhaps back formation from Middle English cudliche intimate, affectionate, Old English cūthlīc, or from Middle English cuthlechen, Old English cūthlǣcan to make friends with; see couth2, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cuddle


/ (ˈkʌdəl) /


to hold (another person or thing) close or (of two people, etc) to hold each other close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth; embrace; hug
(intr foll by up) to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position


a close embrace, esp when prolonged
Derived Formscuddlesome, adjectivecuddly, adjective

Word Origin for cuddle

C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cuddle



early 16c. (implied in cudlyng), perhaps a variant of obsolete cull, coll "to embrace" (see collar (n.)); or perhaps from Middle English *couthelen, from couth "known," hence "comfortable with." It has a spotty early history and seems to have been a nursery word at first. Related: Cuddled; cuddling.

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