cuddle

verb
cud·​dle | \ ˈkə-dᵊl How to pronounce cuddle (audio) \
cuddled; cuddling\ ˈkəd-​liŋ How to pronounce cuddle (audio) , ˈkə-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of cuddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to hold close for warmth or comfort or in affection He cuddled the puppy.

intransitive verb

: to lie close or snug : nestle, snuggle … dewy glens where couples cuddle on blankets …— Bob Sipchen

cuddle

noun

Definition of cuddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a close embrace

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Other Words from cuddle

Verb

cuddler \ ˈkəd-​lər How to pronounce cuddle (audio) , ˈkə-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for cuddle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of cuddle in a Sentence

Verb Let's cuddle by the fire. kittens cuddling in a basket
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This soft blanket is great for two people who want to cuddle together. Medea Giordano, Wired, 8 May 2021 Visitors cuddle with the farm’s two cows, Bella and Bonnie, who are half-Scottish Highland and half-Angus. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 Behinfar brought a friend with her to Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary in Queen Creek, Ariz., near Phoenix, to cuddle cows as a birthday present for the friend. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 One side of the comforter is a fleece-like material and the other is faux shearling, providing two ultra-soft fabrics to cuddle up with. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, 25 Feb. 2021 In a season that's so focused on romantic love, those who don't have someone to cuddle with on the big 1-4 might feel a little forlorn at the constant reminders of their singlehood. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 29 Dec. 2020 But when social distancing calls, the next best thing to having a physical human to cuddle up with is a weighted blanket. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 30 Nov. 2020 But when social distancing calls, the next best thing to having a physical human to cuddle up with is a weighted blanket. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 30 Nov. 2020 Almost every week for the past five years, Jeff and Terry Stadler have spent their Saturdays volunteering to cuddle babies. Emily Woodruff, NOLA.com, 2 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The gray sheets quickly became a favorite of my cuddle-avoidant cat. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Southern Living, 28 May 2021 Back at the house, Nehemiah is feeling great about his win, and Jemmye is feeling great about her cuddle buddy remaining in the game. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 23 Apr. 2021 In Kendall's photo, the pair cuddle on top of a countertop, sharing a silly moment as the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star covers her face while smiling widely. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 5 Apr. 2021 Did everyone just dissolve into a giant, blonde cuddle puddle in the Vermont evening? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 Mar. 2021 Instead, Matt leaves those women to go see Sarah, cuddle in her bed, and reassert his support of her group date invasion — all while he is supposed to be taking Serena P. out for a special day. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 19 Jan. 2021 None, unless this is what Justin and Hailey cuddle to at home. Gena Kaufman, Glamour, 2 Dec. 2020 Most of the tutorials out there teach you a basic arm-knitting technique while some use giant circular knitting needles for the same cuddle-worthy finished product. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, 15 Dec. 2020 The next day, Clare and Dale cuddle in bed and talk about what’s going to happen next. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cuddle

Verb

1520, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cuddle

Verb and Noun

origin unknown

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Last Updated

13 May 2021

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“Cuddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuddle. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for cuddle

cuddle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cuddle

: to hold (someone or something) in your arms in order to show affection
: to lie or sit close together

cuddle

verb
cud·​dle | \ ˈkə-dᵊl How to pronounce cuddle (audio) \
cuddled; cuddling

Kids Definition of cuddle

1 : to hold close for warmth or comfort or in affection
2 : to lie close : nestle, snuggle

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