- The definition of a cuddle is a hug or an act of snuggling.
An example of a cuddle is two cats curling up with each other.
- Cuddle is defined as to hold close and lovingly or to snuggle.
An example of to cuddle is for a cat to curl up on her owner's chest.
Origin of cuddleEarly ModE, to make comfortable, probably ; from Middle English (northern dialect, dialectal ) an unverified form cudelen for an unverified form couthelen (for -d, see fiddle) ; from couth, known, hence acquainted with, comfortable with (see uncouth) + -le, frequentative suffix
- a cuddling
- an embrace; hug
verbcud·dled, cud·dling, cud·dles
Origin of cuddleOrigin unknown.
- cud′dle·some, cud′dly
(third-person singular simple present cuddles, present participle cuddling, simple past and past participle cuddled)
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.