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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 cud•dle /ˈkʌdəl/
USA pronunciation v., -dled, -dling, n. v.
to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; lie close (to): We cuddled the baby until she calmed down. [~ + object ] We were cuddling in the back seat of the car. [no object ] We cuddled up by the fire and got warm. [~ + up ] n.
[ countable ]
an act of cuddling; hug; embrace. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 cud•dle
(kud ′l), USA pronunciation v., -dled, -dling, n. v.t.
to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle. v.i.
to lie close and snug; nestle.
to curl up in going to sleep. n.
act of cuddling; hug; embrace.
1510–20; perh. back formation from Middle English cudliche intimate, affectionate, Old English cūthlīc, or from Middle English cuthlechen, Old English cūthlǣcan to make friends with; see couth 2, - ly
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cuddle / ˈkʌd/ əl vb to hold (another person or thing) close or (of two people, etc) to hold each other close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth; embrace; hug ( intransitive) followed by up: to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position n a close embrace, esp when prolonged Etymology: 18 th Century: of uncertain origin ˈcuddlesome adj ˈcuddly adj
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