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 While on the hike, Lovato and Wilson appeared to smile, holding hands and cuddling up to one another. Claudia Harmata,, "Demi Lovato Holds Hands with New Boyfriend Austin Wilson While on a Hike in L.A.," 17 Nov. 2019 Jennifer Aniston shared pictures of herself walking and cuddling with her dog, Clyde, on Instagram Wednesday. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston Looked Chicer Than We Thought Possible While Walking Her Dog," 14 Nov. 2019 Does the experience of nursing mean closeness with your child, cuddling, talking, being together? Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Mom mourns the loss of nursing her baby," 29 Oct. 2019 Does the experience of nursing mean closeness with your child, cuddling, talking, being together? Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: New mom wasn’t able to nurse, now mourns the loss of that possibility," 29 Oct. 2019 The moon cuddles up to pale gold Saturn on Saturday. Arnold Pearlstein,, "The Stars This Week: Sept. 29-Oct. 6," 29 Sep. 2019 The lovebirds couldn't keep their hands off each other as they were snapped kissing and cuddling while posing for red carpet photos. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Ariana Grande reveals when Pete Davidson wedding will take place, gets emotional on GMA," 22 Aug. 2018 Does the experience of nursing mean closeness with your child, cuddling talking, being together? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: A new mother is distraught about not being able to nurse," 28 Oct. 2019 Devine, 35, posted an image of himself with Bridges, 27, cuddling on a boat. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Adam Devine Engaged to Actress Chloe Bridges," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Studies have shown that post-coital cuddles promote a greater sense of satisfaction within a relationship, which can improve communication and affection. NBC News, "4 ways to reignite your sex life that have nothing to do with physical touch," 30 Sep. 2019 The team also wanted to know whether the rats were playing for the fun of it or for the reward of cuddles from the researcher. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Lab rats play hide-and-seek for the fun of it, new study shows," 12 Sep. 2019 Looking for a wonderful cat that will always be by your side and comfort you with endless cuddles and love? Peninsula Humane Society, The Mercury News, "Peninsula pet of the week: Sweet Pea," 26 July 2019 Clients are also asked to shower and brush their teeth before the start of their cuddle session. Ricky Pinela,, "Florida mother and daughter open new business: cuddling with strangers," 1 Nov. 2019 Chris Evans had the most marvelous cuddle-fest with puppies in the EW photo booth on Saturday, and plenty of other actors visited the suite throughout the festival. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Watch Scarlett Johansson crash Matt Damon and Christian Bale's puppy hangout session," 8 Sep. 2019 The theory behind cuddle therapy is that people feel increasingly isolated and disconnected. Anne Ryman, USA TODAY, "Client says Arizona massage therapist's 'cuddling' session turned sexual," 16 Aug. 2019 After getting their cuddles out of the way, the lion and the cub enjoyed a mini wrestling match. Kelli Bender,, "Incredible Photos Show Real-Life Mufasa and Simba Sharing a Sweet Hug on the Savanna," 20 June 2019 Then there's Frank, a 5-year-old, male, brindle American Staffordshire mix (Animal ID: A1620041), who has become a BARC staff favorite, who loves to cuddle. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Meet Joy, Frank and 500 animals ready for adopting at Best Friends Super Adoption this weekend," 18 June 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cuddle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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