Origin uncertain, but probably from a frequentative form of Middle English *cudden, cuththen, keththen (“to embrace”), a variant of cuthen, kuthen, kithen (“to be familiar with, make known”), from cuth, couth (“known, familiar”), equivalent to couth + -le. Cognate with Old Dutch kudden (“to come together, flock together”). More at couth.
cuddle (plural cuddles)
- (intransitive) To embrace affectionately, lie together snugly.
- The young lovers cuddled on the couch.
- (transitive) To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
- She cuddled the infant before bedtime.
- I'm cold; can you roll over here and cuddle me, honey?
- To lie close or snug; to crouch; to nestle.
- She cuddles low beneath the brake; / Nor would she stay, nor dares she fly.
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