cuddle

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cud•dle /ˈkʌdəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -dled, -dling, n. 
v. 
  1. to hold close in an affectionate manner;
    hug tenderly;
    lie close (to): [+ object]We cuddled the baby until she calmed down.[no object]We were cuddling in the back seat of the car.[+ up]We cuddled up by the fire and got warm.

n. [countable]
  1. an act of cuddling;
    hug;
    embrace.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cud•dle  (kudl),USA pronunciation v.,  -dled, -dling, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to hold close in an affectionate manner;
    hug tenderly;
    fondle.

v.i. 
  1. to lie close and snug;
    nestle.
  2. to curl up in going to sleep.

n. 
  1. 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 couth2, -ly


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cuddle /ˈkʌdəl/ vb
  1. 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
  2. (intransitive) followed by up: to curl or snuggle up into a comfortable or warm position
n
  1. a close embrace, esp when prolonged
Etymology: 18th Century: of uncertain origin

ˈcuddlesome adj ˈcuddly adj



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