intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
Origin of canoodleGerman knudeln, to cuddle from or akin to Low German knuddel, a knot, clump, diminutive of dialect, dialectal knude; akin to Old High German knodo, Old English cnotta, knot
verbca·noo·dled, ca·noo·dling, ca·noo·dles Informal
Origin of canoodleAkin to English dialectal canoodle donkey, fool, one who is foolish in love
(third-person singular simple present canoodles, present participle canoodling, simple past and past participle canoodled)
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.