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cuddle

[ kuhd-l ]
/ ˈkʌd l /
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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.

noun

act of cuddling; hug; embrace.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for cuddle

cuddle
/ (ˈkʌdəl) /

verb

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

noun

a close embrace, esp when prolonged

Derived forms of cuddle

cuddlesome, adjectivecuddly, adjective

Word Origin for cuddle

C18: of uncertain origin
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