ca·​boo·​dle | \ kə-ˈbü-dᵊl How to pronounce caboodle (audio) \
plural caboodles

Definition of caboodle

: all the things of a group : collection sense 2, lot sense 5 decided to sell the whole caboodle[=everything] Most pension checks go out monthly. However, some plans let you receive the entire caboodle in a single lump for reinvestment elsewhere.Playboy Vendors crouch on plastic stools beside their seafood caboodle.— Karen Coates … standard caboodle is generous: a six-speaker stereo, cruise, power locks, fog lights, 16-inche alloy wheels, …— John Phillips often used in the phrase the whole kit and caboodleOh, it was agony, deciding which of those necessities to part with. But I even agreed to cram them all into one suitcase and just throw away the whole kit and kaboodle— Mike Nichols

Examples of caboodle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes it’s enforced by city governments like New York’s that give hundreds of millions of dollars to museums, own museum buildings and land, or, in the case of Los Angeles and San Francisco, own the local civic museums kit and caboodle. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Tends for 2020: The Big Apple Is Not So Big in the Art World Anymore," 4 Jan. 2020 Back in Boston, where his Bruins stand ready to enter the 2019-20 NHL season (home opener Oct. 12), Jeremy Jacobs is still considered by fans and players to be the guy who owns the entire Black and Gold — kit, caboodle, and cash register. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Jeremy Jacobs gives control of Bruins to his six children," 6 Sep. 2019 Whole grain flour, on the other hand, is comprised of the whole kit and caboodle, which means that these flours are much more perishable, and will go rancid after one to three months at room temperature. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "9 Pantry Staples You Probably Need to Replace," 3 Sep. 2019 Not always in so many words — and that wasn't the whole kit and caboodle of advice. Hailey Branson-potts,, "At a church security seminar: Guns, God and 'get those heads up' when you pray," 22 May 2018 The voice, the eyes, the whole kit-and-caboodle of Cher was just beautiful. Drew Magary, GQ, "Pierce Brosnan Has Found Beauty and Inspiration During Our Helltimes," 16 May 2018 The price for the whole kit and caboodle is $13,800 on top of the cost of a donor truck. Fox News, "Roush Performance Ford F-250 is a 'super' tow truck," 23 Apr. 2018 In team sports, each member splits the winnings evenly, but individuals get the whole kit and caboodle. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Do American Olympians Really Get Paid?," 9 Feb. 2018 Some razzmatazz that’s suitable for the whole family — kids, oldsters, the whole kit and caboodle. Chris Jones,, "What Chicago show should I see now for the holidays?," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of caboodle

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caboodle

probably from ca- (intensive prefix) + boodle

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The first known use of caboodle was circa 1848

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19 Jan 2020

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“Caboodle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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