- 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.
Origin of cuddle
Examples from the Web for cuddle
Even her brother, Sheriff, who tried to pick her up to cuddle her, was pushed away with a firm “no” and a shriek.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
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
September 11, 2012
He was not fond of petting, but allowed one or two honored beings to cuddle him.Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5
Louisa M. Alcott
Cuddle up against me, darling, and try and go to sleep then.Daybreak
Florence A. Sitwell
I expect they cuddle you and play with you and hold you 'most exactly like mothers.The Girl Scouts at Home
Katherine Keene Galt
If you do that again, Allyn, sister won't have any little brother to cuddle.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
You are the Devil's own son, Ivan; come and let me cuddle you.The Day of Wrath
- 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
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.