What does cuddle mean?

Definitions for cuddle
ˈkʌd lcud·dle

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cuddle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cuddle, nestle, snuggleverb

    a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace

  2. cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nest, nuzzle, draw closeverb

    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. cuddleverb

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

    "I cuddled the baby"


  1. cuddlenoun

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

  2. cuddleverb

    To embrace affectionately, lie together snugly.

    The young lovers cuddled on the couch.

  3. cuddleverb

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

  4. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Cuddleverb

    a low word, To lye close; to squat.

    Etymology: I believe, without etymology.

    Have you mark’d a partridge quake,
    Viewing the tow’ring faulcon nigh?
    She cuddles low behind the brake;
    Nor would she stay, nor dares she fly. Matthew Prior.


  1. cuddle

    A hug is a form of endearment, universal in most human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two people are involved, it may be referred to as a group hug. Hugs can last for any duration.


  1. cuddle

    Cuddle refers to the act of holding someone or something closely in one's arms to express affection or warmth, often involving physical contact and comfort. It can also pertain to the action of snuggling or hugging tightly, typically to show love, friendship, or intimacy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cuddleverb

    to lie close or snug; to crouch; to nestle

  2. Cuddleverb

    to embrace closely; to fondle

  3. Cuddlenoun

    a close embrace

  4. Etymology: [Prob. for couthle, fr. couth known; cf. OE. kuen to cuddle, or culechen to make friends with. SeeCouth, Uncouth, Can.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cuddle

    kud′l, v.t. to hug: to embrace: to fondle.—v.i. to lie close and snug together.—n. a close embrace. [Perh. a freq. of M. E. couth, cosy.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cuddle

    To hug and express love.

    They did cuddle lovingly together on the sofa and listened to some beautiful music.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

Matched Categories

How to pronounce cuddle?

How to say cuddle in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cuddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cuddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of cuddle in a Sentence

  1. Lori Kraft:

    Staying at a domestic violence shelter doesn’t really feel normal, but being in a cuddle room, cuddling with your cat or dog, and that feels like home.

  2. Nicola Turner:

    It’s like a cuddle for the stomach.

  3. Jenny MacKenzie:

    It really upsets me I cant cuddle my grandchildren or pick them up.

  4. Matteo Cunsolo:

    After running away from the bombs, perhaps traveling across forests by night in the cold, I think a cookie is like a little cuddle that can help bring a smile on a child's face.

  5. Janet Kennedy:

    Agree to cuddle until the snuggler drifts off, at which point the other person can retreat to their side of the bed and sleep solo for the rest of the night.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for cuddle

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for cuddle »


Find a translation for the cuddle definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"cuddle." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 21 Apr. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/cuddle>.

Discuss these cuddle definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for cuddle? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
    A flunkey
    B volubility
    C larceny
    D exponent

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for cuddle: