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Origin Unknown; compare Swedish knulla (to fornicate), 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, touch up, pet or make love
    He's got a big smile on his face; who's he been canoodling recently?
  2. To persuade or cajole
    • 1900: Charles Felton Pidgin, 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.


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