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canoodle

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verb ca·noo·dle \kə-ˈnü-dəl\

Simple Definition of canoodle

  • : to hug and kiss another person in a sexual way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of canoodle

canoodled

canoodling

play \-ˈnü-dliŋ, -ˈnü-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  pet, fondle <lovers canoodling in the park>

Examples of canoodle in a sentence

  1. 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 and Etymology of canoodle

perhaps from English dialect canoodle, noun, donkey, fool, foolish lover


First Known Use: 1859

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