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noun (1)

cud·​dy ˈkə-dē How to pronounce cuddy (audio)
plural cuddies
: a usually small cabin or shelter (as on a sailboat)
: a small room or cupboard


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noun (2)

cud·​dy ˈku̇-dē How to pronounce cuddy (audio) ˈkə- How to pronounce cuddy (audio)
variants or cuddie
plural cuddies
dialectal British : donkey
dialectal British : blockhead

Examples of cuddy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Wright’s boat, a 21-foot cuddy cabin, remains moored at dock, just like his fishing/mentoring ministry. Jaimie Ding, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 Officials contacted people on the boat — described as a 30- to 35-foot-long cuddy cabin — and found 10 men and five women on board, according to a statement by the U.S. Border Patrol. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

perhaps from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuddy was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Cuddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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