- a small room, cabin, or enclosed space at the bow or stern of a boat, especially one under the poop.
- a galley or pantry in a small boat.
- a small locker in an open boat, especially one at the bow.
- (on a fishing boat) a platform on which a net is coiled when not in use.
- a small room, cupboard, or closet.
Origin of cuddy1
First recorded in 1650–60; of uncertain origin
[kuhd-ee, koo d-ee]
- a donkey.
- a stupid person.
Origin of cuddy2
1705–15; perhaps generic use of Cuddy, short for Cuthbert, man's name
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Examples from the Web for cuddy
He said the last portion of this sentence to himself as he emerged from the cuddy.Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
It took her a twelvemonth to go round the cuddy with this labor of love.End of the Tether
He slipped off the table and left the cuddy without a look at us.Tales of Unrest
"The brig is small but the cuddy is fit for a lady," went on Lingard with animation.The Rescue
He had sent his boat away and was now waiting for me in the cuddy.Falk
- a small cabin in a boat
- a small room, cupboard, etc
C17: perhaps from Dutch kajute; compare Old French cahute
- dialect, mainly Scot a donkey or horse
C18: probably from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert
- a young coalfish
C18: of unknown origin