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noun, plural cud·dies.
  1. Nautical.
    1. a small room, cabin, or enclosed space at the bow or stern of a boat, especially one under the poop.
    2. a galley or pantry in a small boat.
    3. a small locker in an open boat, especially one at the bow.
    4. (on a fishing boat) a platform on which a net is coiled when not in use.
  2. a small room, cupboard, or closet.
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Origin of cuddy1

First recorded in 1650–60; of uncertain origin


[kuhd-ee, koo d-ee]
noun, plural cud·dies. Chiefly Scot.
  1. a donkey.
  2. a stupid person.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Joseph Conrad

  • He slipped off the table and left the cuddy without a look at us.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • "The brig is small but the cuddy is fit for a lady," went on Lingard with animation.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He had sent his boat away and was now waiting for me in the cuddy.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for cuddy


noun plural -dies
  1. a small cabin in a boat
  2. a small room, cupboard, etc
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Dutch kajute; compare Old French cahute



noun plural -dies
  1. dialect, mainly Scot a donkey or horse
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Word Origin

C18: probably from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert


noun plural -dies
  1. a young coalfish
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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