cud·​dly | \ ˈkəd-lē How to pronounce cuddly (audio) , 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 cuddly bear got a lot of press attention, and was flown out to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to be the official symbol of fire prevention. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How a World War II Attack Helped Spark the Creation of Smokey Bear," 9 Aug. 2019 Coming in second was Mia Azzura Ariana, a husky with the coolest soulful eyes and following a close third, Archie, the cuddly terrier mix., "Trains stop the parade, but not the fun: Olmsted Dates and Data," 4 Aug. 2019 Conspiracy theories, in fact, are in the show’s DNA, a counterforce to all the cuddly Spielberg evocation and the tweenage bonding. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 By the early 20th century, the moon had become cuddly. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "The Moon Sits for Its Portrait," 3 July 2019 This Francophone challenge to Mr Trudeau’s cuddly multiculturalism may be echoed in the national election campaign. The Economist, "CanadaCanadians must decide if they want to remain a liberal beacon," 25 July 2019 Since 1947, Smokey has often been accompanied in posters by two cuddly cubs. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot," 10 July 2019 Wild animals are not pets Anyone who has ever seen a raccoon nibbling on some peanut butter knows the animals can look every bit as cute and cuddly as a family pet. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why you shouldn't feed wild animals (except maybe birds)," 5 July 2019 These cuddly bears must be stuffed with lots of courage, because Build-a-Bear Workshop is bringing back Pay-Your-Age day, and this time they've come prepared. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Build-a-Bear Brings Back "Pay-Your-Age Day" for 2019: Here's How to Score the Amazing Deal," 13 June 2019

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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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