cuddle Definition

  • 1to hold someone or something very close to your body with your arms
  • 2to lie or sit very close together with someone, especially in order to show them love or affection

Using cuddle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cuddle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She cuddled the baby and sang a lullaby.

  • Example

    The couple cuddled on the couch while watching a movie.

  • Example

    I love to cuddle with my dog on cold nights.

  • Example

    He cuddled his pillow and drifted off to sleep.

cuddle Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for cuddle

Antonyms for cuddle

Phrases with cuddle

  • cuddle up

    to snuggle or get cozy with someone or something


    I like to cuddle up with a good book on rainy days.

  • a term of endearment for someone who likes to cuddle


    My girlfriend is such a cuddle bunny; she always wants to be close to me.

  • weather that is conducive to cuddling, such as cold or rainy weather


    It's definitely cuddle weather outside; let's stay in and watch a movie.

Origins of cuddle

from Middle English 'cudelen', meaning 'to embrace, fondle, or tickle'


Summary: cuddle in Brief

The verb 'cuddle' [ˈkʌdl] means to hold someone or something close with one's arms, often as an expression of love or affection. It can also mean to sit or lie closely with someone. The phrase 'cuddle up' denotes getting cozy, while 'cuddle bunny' is a term of endearment for someone who likes to cuddle. 'Cuddle weather' refers to weather that is conducive to cuddling.

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