to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.
to lie close and snug; nestle.
to curl up in going to sleep.
act of cuddling; hug; embrace.
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How to use cuddle in a sentence
I like to tell couples to “preserve the cuddle,” but if your different sleep schedules are incompatible, it’s ok to go your separate ways when it’s time for lights out.'Separate Beds Are a Bad Sign' and 5 Other Sleep Myths That Are Hurting Your Relationship | Wendy Troxel | June 2, 2021 | Time
Every night, before bed, I spend a couple of quiet, peaceful hours enjoying cuddle time with her on the couch she wasn’t supposed to be allowed on.
For now, it’s crucial to weigh the risk you pose to yourself and others when you go in for a cuddle.
During a client call my 6-year old woke up and decided she wanted a cuddle and came down to my office.Broken windows, ‘cuddling breaks’ and interrupted video calls: Parents share realities of juggling work while homeschooling kids | Jessica Davies | February 26, 2021 | Digiday
Country farms are the stuff of quarantine cottagecore dreams, where animals offer themselves for therapeutic cuddles and no one needs to shuffle off the sidewalk to maintain social distancing.
Even her brother, Sheriff, who tried to pick her up to cuddle her, was pushed away with a firm “no” and a shriek.
Couples cuddle on ice benches lined with deer pelts for added comfort and warmth.
Almost as clearly, this seems not to have gone beyond an occasional cuddle.Early Signs of General Petraeus’s Extramarital Affair | John Barry | November 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Trawick appears in one of the photos; they cuddle as he holds a guitar.Britney Spears and Jason Trawick: He’s Her Fiancé, Manager, and Conservator | Ramin Setoodeh | September 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Announcing the newly improved, perfectly flawed, censure-free Capricorn with added cuddle flavor.
cuddle up against me, darling, and try and go to sleep then.Daybreak | Florence A. Sitwell
After the late dinner, there was nothing to do but cuddle up in the corner of the sofa with his books.
Gin I had a bonny wee dog I'd gie 'im ma ain brose, an' cuddle 'im, an' he couldna gang awa'.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
Dear Love did cuddle it warm in her hands, and her husband did make the piece of egg into little divides for me to give to it.The Story of Opal | Opal Whiteley
Maybe it was a little one that did have longings to cuddle in among the raindrops that do come together in the pond.The Story of Opal | Opal Whiteley
British Dictionary definitions for cuddle
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
- cuddlesome, adjective
- cuddly, adjective
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