cud·dly | \ˈkəd-lē, ˈkə-dᵊl-ē\
cuddlier; cuddliest

Definition of cuddly 

: fit for or inviting cuddling a cuddly kitten

Examples of cuddly in a Sentence

He is so big and cuddly. their cuddly brand of commercialism

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The planet-wide survey was part of a larger push by the National Science Foundation to understand the diversity of Earth's inhabitants — particularly its less cuddly and charismatic ones. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Tapeworms are brainless, spineless, gutless parasites — and this scientist loves them," 2 Jan. 2018 On the less cuddly side, the Ninja Line Backyard Challenge ($100) is extremely popular, Sahajian said. Johanna Seltz,, "At local toy stores, mermaids are in (unicorns, too)," 5 July 2018 Winner: Winnie the Pooh Hanyu’s personal mascot is the cuddly Disney bear (he reportedly is comforted by its unflinching gaze). Phil Rosenthal,, "Olympics winners and losers: NBC, Johnny Weir, Nathan Chen, Winnie the Pooh and more," 19 Feb. 2018 For now though, baby Shayne needs comforting and that comfort comes in the form of an equally cuddly koala teddy bear. Katie Frost, Country Living, "This Orphaned Baby Koala Who Tragically Lost His Mother Will Melt Your Heart," 21 Sep. 2016 In the mean time, stay up to date on Kylie's cuddly fur-friends with our handy guide to all of her pets. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Built a Real House for Her Dogs," 5 July 2018 The cuddly, energetic BB-8—an old-design-in-a-new-shell who’s able to charmingly trick his way past any obstacle (or plot hole)—fits with Episodes 7 and 8. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Soul of Solo Is a Droid," 27 May 2018 This is a baby picture of sorts, but PDS 70b isn't especially cute or cuddly. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Giant telescope captures first-ever snapshot of a newborn planet," 3 July 2018 Wait a little longer, and Alibaba just might launch a brain-wave platform, too—with a cuddly critter for a mascot. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of cuddly

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cuddly was in 1863

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English Language Learners Definition of cuddly

: having the soft or appealing quality of a thing or person that you would like to cuddle

: designed to be easy to like and not to offend people

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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