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.
- To caress, pet, feel up, or make love.
- He’s got a big smile on his face; who’s he been canoodling recently?
- 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.
- (to caress): touch up, grope; see also Thesaurus:fondle
- (to cajole): coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle
canoodle (plural canoodles)