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



Definition of cuddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a close embrace

Other Words from cuddle


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 Place a throw blanket on the top of the bench to encourage readers or daydreamers to cuddle up any time of day. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2022 Where would be without cozy blankets to cuddle up in after—or during—a long day? Sarah Madaus, SELF, 15 July 2022 The mother elephant eventually stood up to cuddle her calf as the team moved away to allow the animals to return to the wild. Giovana Gelhoren,, 15 July 2022 Chilly temperatures create the perfect opportunity to cuddle up in blankets and watch or stream a good flick right on the couch. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 In the summer, go on a cart tour with the dogs; an adventurous hike with the pack; or cuddle with the heart-melting newborn puppies. Kimberly Lyn, Travel + Leisure, 19 June 2022 In it, Styles and co-star Florence Pugh cuddle up in bed (see below). Lars Brandle, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 Celebrate Mom on Mother's Day with a budget-friendly way to stay in, avoid crowds, and let Mom cuddle up on the couch in her PJ's (sound nice?). Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 26 Apr. 2022 The pair also cuddle on a loveseat and give each other sweet pecks while singing. Dan Heching,, 16 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fifteen paintings took viewers into the world of the South Asian diaspora, where dark-skinned young men stand forlornly in immigration offices, dance and cuddle in small apartments, and meet one another in bars. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Win then tries to pull big sister Sienna onto them as the three cuddle together. Angela Andaloro,, 7 July 2022 And this adorable elephant goes beyond being a cuddle buddy for the little one: One doll provides 10 meals for children in North America and around the globe. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 July 2022 While no plush toy is truly indestructible and most avid chewers can rip them to pieces, if your pup can withstand the temptation, this adorable dinosaur is one of your best bets for a pet that wants a cuddle buddy. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 And hikers looking for peace and quiet can visit the cuddle swings at Sunshine Slope or sit under a canopy of trees at The Nook. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 Cuddles are something a person with the physical touch love language will love, so why not get a blanket to make their cuddle sessions more enjoyable? Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 6 May 2022 Bedding down is a sumptuous event, much like being embraced with a cuddle. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Interested adopters can view available pets, like Cesar the cuddle bug, and schedule an appointment online at The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 Aug 2022

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“Cuddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cuddle


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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