[ kuhd-l ]
See synonyms for: cuddlecuddling on

verb (used with object),cud·dled, cud·dling.
  1. to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.

verb (used without object),cud·dled, cud·dling.
  1. to lie close and snug; nestle.

  2. to curl up in going to sleep.

  1. 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

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How to use cuddle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cuddle


/ (ˈkʌdəl) /

  1. 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

  2. (intr foll by up) to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position

  1. a close embrace, esp when prolonged

Origin of cuddle

C18: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of cuddle

  • cuddlesome, adjective
  • cuddly, adjective

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