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 Almost every week for the past five years, Jeff and Terry Stadler have spent their Saturdays volunteering to cuddle babies. Emily Woodruff, NOLA.com, "No more baby cuddlers, pet visits at hospitals: 'We used to have volunteers to do that'," 2 Jan. 2021 Coffee shops where patrons can cuddle with a cat or pet a dog have sprung up in cities around the world in recent years. Danielle Beurteaux, Scientific American, "Exotic Animal Cafés Featuring Otters, Lizards and Owls Raise Alarms," 30 Dec. 2020 Or, put on your coziest robe and build a pillow fort to cuddle up in. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "At-Home New Year's Eve Party Ideas That Are Still Fabulous," 16 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, "These Weighted Blankets Make Great Gifts — and They're on Sale For Cyber Monday," 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, "These Weighted Blankets Make Great Gifts — and They're on Sale For Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 Americans desperate for pets to cuddle through the lonely months of social distancing are increasingly falling victims to fraud, instead. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump will leave Washington, but Trumpism isn't going anywhere," 8 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, "These Weighted Blankets Make Great Gifts — and They're On Sale For Black Friday," 27 Nov. 2020 Ugg Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket From cold winter nights to lazy afternoons while social-distancing at home, anyone would appreciate something warm to cuddle up to. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Bed Bath & Beyond gifts 2020: Holiday gift ideas and gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun None, unless this is what Justin and Hailey cuddle to at home. Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "27 Christmas Love Songs, Ranked in Terms of Their Mistletoe Potential," 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, "8 DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorials For Mastering the Cozy Viral Trend," 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, "The Bachelorette Season 16, Episode 4 Recap: It Finally Happened," 5 Nov. 2020 LadyStrick goes on to say it’s just the right size—big enough for a good cuddle, and small enough to take on a trip. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020 As Kevin and Madison cuddle on the couch, Kevin tells his pregnant fiancée that the Pearsons all used to watch Family Feud together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The "Double Meaning" of Steve Harvey’s 'Family Feud' Cameo in the 'This Is Us' Season 5 Premiere," 30 Oct. 2020 Make more eye contact to release that cuddle hormone. Ellen Furlong, chicagotribune.com, "Wondering what your dog is thinking? Smelling? Here are some answers," 27 Oct. 2020 In general, the cuddle challenge videos are exactly the kind of wholesome content the world needs right now. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Did the Cuddle Challenge With Stormi, and the Video Is Too Adorable," 2 Oct. 2020 Could a really great, oxytocin-releasing cuddle be the solution to your stress-IBS woes? Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, "The Truth About Oxytocin AKA The Love Hormone," 16 Oct. 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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The first known use of cuddle was in 1520

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cuddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuddle. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for cuddle

cuddle

verb
How to pronounce cuddle (audio)

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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