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Origin unknown; compare Swedish knulla (to fornicate), Norwegian Bokmål knulle (to fuck), German knuddeln (to cuddle). Folk etymology cites the use of two-person canoes as an activity to escape the presence of a chaperon by couples during Victorian and Edwardian times, and the activities such privacy allowed.




canoodle (third-person singular simple present canoodles, present participle canoodling, simple past and past participle canoodled)

  1. To caress, pet, feel up, or make love.
    He’s got a big smile on his face; who’s he been canoodling recently?
    • 2014 June 26, A. A. Dowd, “Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler Spoof Rom-com Clichés in They Came Together”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 7 December 2017:
      As Norah Jones coos sweet nothings on the soundtrack, the happy couple—played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehlercanoodle through a Manhattan montage, making pasta for two, swimming through a pile of autumn leaves, and horsing around at a fruit stand.
  2. To cajole or persuade.
    • 1900, Pidgin, Charles Felton, Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks - A Picture of New England Home Life:
      He canoodled my husband into believin' that the end of the world was comin' and it was his duty to give all his property away.




canoodle (plural canoodles)

  1. A cuddle, hug, or caress

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