ca·​boo·​dle kə-ˈbü-dᵊl How to pronounce caboodle (audio)
plural caboodles
: 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 caboodle
Oh, 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 kaboodleMike Nichols

Examples of caboodle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trimmed with luggage slats and a restraint bar, the box lands ready to support any traveling cases, haversacks, miniature steamer trunks, or other traveling caboodle carried in the cabin, but definitely not any plus-two passengers. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 24 Apr. 2023 Keeping the caboodle below the sills of the panoramic windows maintains excellent visibility out the tail and the right rear quarter. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 15 June 2023 In team sports, each member splits the winnings evenly, but individuals get the whole kit and caboodle. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 20 July 2021 Tack on the beautiful bamboo canister, for an elevated, TSA-friendly bath time caboodle. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2023 May some exalted eminence hear my plea and preserve this experience, or, at least, spirit the whole kit and caboodle — set pieces, props, costumes, orchestra, dancers, stars, da woiks — to another locale and a future life. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2022 The whole kit and caboodle is simply too big to be a failure. Michaela Zee, Variety, 31 Aug. 2022 Growing up, my tangerine-colored caboodle was filled with snap bracelets, Lancôme Juicy Tubes, and a hair gem bedazzler that my sisters and I stamped onto each other's hair strands for middle school dances and roller rink birthday parties. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 11 July 2022 That’s the obviously chilling part of the whole kit and caboodle. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 July 2022 See More

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Word History


probably from ca- (intensive prefix) + boodle

First Known Use

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caboodle was circa 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Caboodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


ca·​boo·​dle kə-ˈbüd-ᵊl How to pronounce caboodle (audio)
: all of a group of things
used in the phrase the whole caboodle or the whole kit and caboodle
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