Simple Definition of canoodle
: to hug and kiss another person in a sexual way
Examples of canoodle in a sentence
Two lovers were canoodling on a park bench.
Did You Know?
The origins of "canoodle" are obscure. Our best guess is that it may come from an English dialect noun of the same spelling meaning "donkey, fool, or foolish lover," which itself may be an alteration of the word noodle, meaning "a foolish person." That "noodle" in turn may come from "noddle," a word for the head. The guess seems reasonable given that, since its appearance in the language around the mid-19th century, "canoodle" has been most often used jocularly for playful public displays of affection by couples who are head over heels in love.
Origin of canoodle
perhaps from English dialect canoodle, noun, donkey, fool, foolish lover
First Known Use: 1859
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