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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
Then, in July, the two were reportedly canoodling, holding hands and kissing at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con bash in San Diego.
While Lambert celebrated making history as the most decorated act in ACM history with 32 wins, her ex spent the night canoodling with his new love Stefani.
Though famous couples like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon and Yoko Ono once canoodled in happy seclusion here, King Eddy is frequented now more by business masterminds.
The couple often took their relationship public, canoodling on red carpets and talking about each other in interviews.
Though the couple has kept an extremely low-profile, they were caught canoodling a few times during the music festival on Saturday night.
The river walk, down from the main street, is a hot spot for joggers and dog walkers and couples canoodling on benches.
Reports of their romance originally broke last summer, when the duo was spotted canoodling on the streets of San Diego.
In July, the two were reportedly canoodling, holding hands and kissing at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash in San Diego.
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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.
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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