from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To fondle in the arms; hug tenderly. See Synonyms at caress.
- intransitive v. To nestle; snuggle.
- n. The act of cuddling; a hug or embrace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A snuggle; an affectionate embrace, often used in conjunction with family members and close friends.
- v. To embrace affectionately, lie together snugly.
- v. To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To lie close or snug; to crouch; to nestle.
- transitive v. To embrace closely; to fondle.
- n. A close embrace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hug; fondle; embrace so as to keep warm.
- To join in a hug; embrace.
- To lie close or snug; nestle.
- n. A hug; an embrace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
- n. a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
- v. move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain, but probably from a frequentative form of Middle English *cudden, cuththen, keththen ("to embrace"), a variant of cuthen, kuthen, kithen ("to be familiar with, make known"), from cuth, couth ("known, familiar"), equivalent to couth + -le. Cognate with Old Dutch kudden ("to come together, flock together"). More at couth. (Wiktionary)