ca|noo|dle [kəˈnu:dl] v
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: Probably from [i]English dialect canoodle 'donkey, stupid person']
BrE old-fashioned if two people canoodle, they kiss and hold each other in a sexual way

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  • canoodle — by 1850s, to indulge in caresses and fondling endearments [OED], U.S. slang, of uncertain origin. The earliest known source is 1859, British, identifying the word as American …   Etymology dictionary

  • canoodle — ► VERB informal ▪ kiss and cuddle amorously. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • canoodle — [kə no͞od′ l] vi. canoodled, canoodling [Ger knudeln, to cuddle < or akin to LowG knuddel, a knot, clump, dim. of dial. knude; akin to OHG knodo, OE cnotta, KNOT1] [Old Slang] to embrace, kiss, fondle, etc. in making love; pet; neck …   English World dictionary

  • canoodle — UK [kəˈnuːd(ə)l] / US [kəˈnud(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms canoodle : present tense I/you/we/they canoodle he/she/it canoodles present participle canoodling past tense canoodled past participle canoodled informal old fashioned to hold and… …   English dictionary

  • canoodle — intransitive verb (canoodled; canoodling) Etymology: perhaps from English dialect canoodle, noun, donkey, fool, foolish lover Date: 1859 pet, fondle < lovers canoodling in the park > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • canoodle — verb (I) BrE old fashioned if two people canoodle, they kiss and hold each other in a sexual way …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • canoodle — /kəˈnudl / (say kuh noohdl) verb (canoodled, canoodling) Colloquial –verb (i) 1. to indulge in fondling and petting: *We d lean on the railings where the yachts tied up and watch the yachties canoodle with their girls, until we got roared at to… …  

  • canoodle — canoodler, n. /keuh noohd l/, v.t., v.i., canoodled, canoodling. Slang. caress, fondle, or pet amorously. [1855 60; perh. CA(RESS) + NOODLE2] * * * …   Universalium

  • canoodle — verb a) To caress, touch up, pet or make love Hes got a big smile on his face; whos he been canoodling recently? b) To persuade or cajole …   Wiktionary

  • canoodle — ca|noo|dle [ kə nudl ] verb intransitive INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED to hold and kiss another person in a romantic way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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