Definitions for cuddleˈkʌd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cud•dleˈkʌd l(v.; n.)-dled, -dling

  1. (v.t.)to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle.

  2. (v.i.)to lie close and snug; nestle.

  3. (of two people) to hold each other close; hug.

  4. (n.)an act of cuddling; hug; embrace.

Origin of cuddle:

1510–20; perh. back formation from ME cudliche intimate, affectionate, OE cūthlīc, or from ME cuthlechen, OE cūthlǣcan to make friends with; see uncouth , -ly

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cuddle, nestle, snuggle(verb)

    a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace

  2. cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nest, nuzzle, draw close(verb)

    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position

    "We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags"

  3. cuddle(verb)

    hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth

    "I cuddled the baby"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cuddle(verb)ˈkʌd l

    to hug lovingly

    She cuddled a stuffed bear.; a couple cuddling on the couch


  1. cuddle(Noun)

    A snuggle; an affectionate embrace, often used in conjunction with family members and close friends.

  2. cuddle(Verb)

    To embrace affectionately, lie together snugly.

    The young lovers cuddled on the couch.

  3. cuddle(Verb)

    To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.

  4. Origin: Origin uncertain, but probably from a frequentative form of *, cuththen, keththen, a variant of cuthen, kuthen, kithen, from cuth, couth, equivalent to . Cognate with kudden. More at couth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cuddle(verb)

    to lie close or snug; to crouch; to nestle

  2. Cuddle(verb)

    to embrace closely; to fondle

  3. Cuddle(noun)

    a close embrace

Translations for cuddle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an affectionate hug.

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