Canoodle Definition

canoodled, canoodles, canoodling
To engage in caressing, petting, or lovemaking.
American Heritage
To embrace, kiss, fondle, etc. in making love; pet; neck.
Webster's New World
To win over or convince by cajoling or flattering; wheedle.
American Heritage

Origin of Canoodle

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Akin to English dialectal canoodle donkey, fool, one who is foolish in love

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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