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Examples of canoodle in a Sentence
Two lovers were canoodling on a park bench.
Recent Examples of canoodle from the Web
This all follows reports from last week that the two were reportedly canoodling at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con bash.
And then the rumors took on new life after reports that Cole and Lili had been spotted kissing, cuddling, and generally canoodling at Entertainment Weekly's Comic Con party.
While the two are canoodling in the ship’s lower deck, who should appear but Euron, this season’s token terrible person.
Bella has donned a number of daring ensembles while canoodling with Scott, from the aforementioned thong bikini at his pad, to a boldly printed cut-out suit in Cannes, France.
Bella has donned a number of daring ensembles while canoodling with Scott, from the aforementioned thong bikini at his pad, to a bold printed cut-out suit in Cannes, France.
At first, things went well enough, if the images of them canoodling are to be believed.
Sip specialty cocktails prepared poolside while DJs spin from noon till 5 p.m. If the mood is right, grab a sweetheart and rent a semi-private cabana with comfy couches perfect for canoodling.
The former Disney Channel star, 19, is back to canoodling with Sulkin after returning from the Cannes Film Festival, where the actress got frisky with Scott Disick.
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The Foolish History of canoodle
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
First Known Use: 1859See Words from the same year
CANOODLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canoodle for English Language Learners
: to hug and kiss another person in a sexual way
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