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cuddle

verb cud·dle \ ˈkə-dᵊl \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of cuddle

cuddled; cuddling play \ˈkəd-liŋ, ˈkə-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

cuddler

play \ˈkəd-lər, ˈkə-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of cuddle in a Sentence

  1. Let's cuddle by the fire.

  2. kittens cuddling in a basket

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Origin and Etymology of cuddle

origin unknown

cuddle Synonyms

Synonyms
nuzzle, nestle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle
Related Words
curl up; crouch, huddle
Near Antonyms
blench, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, shy, start, wince

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cuddle

noun

Definition of cuddle

: a close embrace

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Origin and Etymology of cuddle


CUDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

cuddle

verb

Definition of cuddle for English Language Learners

  • : to hold (someone or something) in your arms in order to show affection

  • : to lie or sit close together


CUDDLE Defined for Kids

cuddle

verb cud·dle \ ˈkə-dᵊl \

Definition of cuddle for Students

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


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