Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • I tried to get him out of bed for ages but he wanted to cuddle and kept saying it wasn’t time yet so I had a cuddle…

    the-moo Diary Entry

  • - Calling a cat in for a cuddle is way more effective than threats of violence when you want them to shut up in the middle of the night.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • My boys are now nearly 8, & 51/2 & 10 months - the only time I get anything that vaguely resembles a cuddle is when they are sick.

    A plague

  • Steve gave me some rocks he called cuddle rocks in a note and I grimaced and tried not to and Dustin said: Girlfriend, you have to get it together.

    blog: November 2008

  • The temptation to have a sleepy feed and morning cuddle is too much to resist.

    Girly girl

  • Oxytocin is sometimes called the cuddle hormone and is important for mother child bonding.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Sex also increases oxytocin, known as the "cuddle hormone," which promotes bonding, reduces fear and stimulates endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, which is why sex can bring temporary relief from back pain, migraines and other body aches.

    The Joy of Researching the Health Benefits of Sex

  • It has been called the cuddle hormone or the trust hormone as it is released at orgasm.

    ProWomanProLife » 2010 » April

  • In clinical terms, the female orgasm releases a burst of oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, which facilitates a sense of attachment.

    Ian Kerner: Viva La Vulva

  • Also, to be able to comfort my baby back to sleep in the middle of the night with a hug and a cuddle is the most fulfilling feeling ever.

    Archive 2009-04-01

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  • Nice quote, Prolagus.

    May 4, 2009

  • We lay on the bed there
    Kissing just for practice
    Could we please be objective?
    Cause the other boys are queuing up behind us
    A hand over my mouth
    A hand over the window
    Well, if I remain passive and you just want to cuddle
    Then we should be ok, and we won't get in a muddle
    Cause we're seeing other people
    At least that's what we say we are doing.


    (Seeing other people, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 18, 2008