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

Synonyms for cuddle

Synonyms: Verb

nestle, nuzzle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle

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Examples of cuddle in a Sentence


Let's cuddle by the fire. kittens cuddling in a basket

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Males were the most likely to cuddle each other, usually in the form of head rubbing. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Ten Things We’ve Learned About Lions Since Disney’s Original ‘The Lion King’," 19 July 2019 Who among us would not want to cuddle a baby tiger, memorialized by a shareable photo? Susan Goldberg, National Geographic, "Why we’re shining a light on wildlife tourism," 22 June 2019 After all, who doesn't want to cuddle up on a couch with several inviting, cozy pillows on it? Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Anthropologie is having an amazing sale on all things home—for a short time," 13 June 2019 Chopra Jonas, who wore a pink high-waisted bikini, was seen riding a jet ski, relaxing on a large inflatable rainbow float and cuddling up with Jonas, 26, on a yacht. Helen Murphy,, "Priyanka Chopra Jonas Celebrates Her Birthday on a Jet Ski and a Yacht with Husband Nick Jonas," 21 July 2019 There's never a bad time to cuddle with a dog, so don't stop now. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "7 Ways to Keep Your Dogs Safe and Calm During the Fireworks This Fourth of July," 2 July 2019 Solved The first of two new episodes of this lighthearted documentary series explains why a tiger shark cuddled up with a diver and why pigs are swimming in the Caribbean. Ed Stockly,, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘100%: Julian Edelman’ on Showtime," 27 June 2019 That armchair was certainly not part of Michelle's California coastal vibe, but her kids had memories of cuddling with their dad in it. NBC News, "HGTV's 'Unspouse My House' aims to heal broken hearts by getting rid of exes' ugly stuff," 20 June 2019 The magical invention made little nugget shaped ice with a divot in the center to cuddle our beverages. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "An icy lesson of contentment," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Huggzilla Sunrise Coffee: Have a hot cup of coffee while enjoying a teddy bear cuddle puddle. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Burning Man things to do on Day 1, Aug. 25," 5 Aug. 2019 In an inverted way, ASMR videos are like private, virtual cuddle parties — surrogates for connection. Annie Vainshtein,, "Everything you ever wanted to know about ASMR," 27 June 2019 Three beagles were trained to identify the cancer Dogs are already the perfect cuddle buddy, fetch partner and best friend, but a few good pups can add another line to their resume — cancer detectors. Julie Mazziotta,, "Researchers Successfully Train Dogs to Sniff Out Lung Cancer with 97 Percent Accuracy," 18 June 2019 But this perhaps explains why Sunstein seems oblivious to this political moment as one requiring from government not light touches and cuddles but a major kick up society’s collective ass. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Sameness of Cass Sunstein," 20 June 2019 Alex cuddles Sky Bear through doctor visits, squeezes him during shots. Amy Chillag, CNN, "This little girl noticed that some hospitalized kids didn't have stuffed animals. So, she did something about it," 11 June 2019 Workers can stroke, cuddle and ooh and ah over the adorableness, all while lowering blood pressure without the use of medication. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "To ease stress, take two puppies and call us in the morning," 7 June 2019 Consider turning the first two days into official cuddle time. Beth Shapouri, Glamour, "10 Things You Should Never Do After a Bikini Wax," 18 Apr. 2019 Mia is known for stealing the show — getting cuddles and kisses from Zara’s cousin Prince Harry at polo events and happily displaying great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s purse during official photo shoots. Erin Hill,, "The Queen's Granddaughter Zara Tindall Welcomes Second Child After Suffering Miscarriage," 19 June 2018

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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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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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