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 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 kaboodle— Mike Nichols

Examples of caboodle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The whole kit and caboodle can make your head spin. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Why transfer the Warner caboodle to a modest and ill-suited player like Discovery instead of auctioning its valuable holdings to the likes of Amazon, Apple, Disney, Comcast or others? WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 The English language is regrown from its historical roots in the basement of a maternity hospital, the whole caboodle goes completely mad in a brothel. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2022 As long as the whole kit and caboodle is stored at below-freezing temperatures and in an airtight container, your soup should retain its original quality all winter long. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 29 Dec. 2021 Weiss deftly knifed Campbell, who, by 2017, was out as director, and Weiss became both president and chief executive officer, running the whole kit and caboodle. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Nov. 2021 There are other ways in which a plethora of self-driving cars will be part of the law enforcement kit and caboodle. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 May 2021 This year, pro days are going to be the whole kit and caboodle since COVID-19 restrictions forced the NFL to change the format of the scouting combine, removing on-field workouts. John Owning, Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2021 Unless someone snaps up the whole kit and caboodle first, of course. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 27 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Caboodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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