To engage in caressing, petting, or lovemaking.
(slang) To embrace, kiss, fondle, etc. in making love; pet; neck.
To win over or convince by cajoling or flattering; wheedle.
Origin of canoodle
- Akin to English dialectal canoodle donkey, fool, one who is foolish in love
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.