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



Definition of cuddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a close embrace

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

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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 Yes, a pair of big, cushy over-the-ear headphones are nice to cuddle up with in the comfort of your own home. Popular Science, "The best-sounding in-ear headphones," 25 June 2020 In the final scene, Taylor and Shumpert’s four-year-old daughter joins them to cuddle in bed. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Teyana Taylor And Iman Shumpert Unveil Baby Number 2 In The "Wake Up Love" Music Video," 12 June 2020 Grab your favorite pair of jeans and prepare to cuddle up with your besties, because the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies are officially coming to Netflix. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Both "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" Movies Are Coming to Netflix in April," 18 Mar. 2019 For max comfort, look for deep cushions that provide plenty of space to cuddle up, and aim for at least 24 inches in depth. Alexa Tucker, House Beautiful, "How to Choose a Sectional You'll Love for a Long Time," 12 Mar. 2020 While on the hike, Lovato and Wilson appeared to smile while holding hands, cuddling up to one another. Claudia Harmata,, "Demi Lovato and New Boyfriend Austin Wilson Enjoy Date Night at Disneyland," 16 Dec. 2019 He is easily stressed out and vents at his daughter, then ten minutes apologizes for blowing up and cuddles her. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Stay patient, stay weird, stay safe'," 6 May 2020 The couple looked ultra cozy (the ultimate social distancing vibe) cuddled up on the couch. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Wear Matching Billie Eilish Merch," 3 Apr. 2020 Miners in the California Gold Rush cuddled it to keep it warm. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Does Your Sourdough Starter Smell Like? Science Wants To Know," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Public health guidelines advise people to stay at least six feet away from those outside of their household — too far for a hug, cuddle or handshake. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "You could use a hug. Here are some safe options," 23 June 2020 Kitty, thanks for the cuddles and companionship along the way. Maria Pasquini,, "Katy Perry Mourns the Death of Her Cat Kitty Purry: ‘Thanks for the Cuddles and Companionship'," 19 Apr. 2020 Mark and his wife spend time with the adults and their children doing family-friendly activities but the adults also go out on dates, cuddle and more. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Polyamorous relationships: When three isn't a crowd," 28 Jan. 2020 When the time comes to start the movie, put your phones far out of reach and cuddle up. oregonlive, "10 date ideas for couples on coronavirus lockdown," 22 Apr. 2020 In the pics, the mother and daughter are dressed in coordinating looks while sharing a cuddle and a sweet kiss. Helen Murphy,, "Kylie Jenner's 'Beautiful' Daughter Stormi Stars in Her First Video for Kylie Cosmetics Collection," 18 Jan. 2020 Other videos posted to her Instagram Story showed Stormi spending time in her extravagant playhouse (gifted to her by grandma Kris Jenner this past Christmas) and Kylie sharing some cuddle time with her daughter. Jen Juneau,, "Kylie Jenner Predicts Her 'First Party Post Quarantine' Behavior with Hilarious Stormi Clip," 28 Apr. 2020 So grab your best friend, cuddle buddy, fashion soulmate and start coordinating!!! Teen Vogue, "The Coolest Runway Girl Gang Moments From Fashion Month," 27 Sep. 2019 At a hefty 25 pounds, its weight is sure to add an extra soothing factor to any late-night cuddle session. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "13 Best Weighted Blankets in 2020: From Budget-Friendly to Organic," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cuddle


1520, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cuddle

Verb and Noun

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The first known use of cuddle was in 1520

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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cuddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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