Meaning of canoodle in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈnuːdl/

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[no object] informal
  • Kiss and cuddle amorously.

    • ‘she was caught canoodling with her boyfriend’
    • ‘An onlooker revealed, ‘They were cuddling, canoodling and kissing.’’
    • ‘So they were together, canoodling, and literally kissing and making-out for the paparazzi.’
    • ‘By the pool, couples are canoodling in red plastic pods which seem to contain water beds.’
    • ‘Local kids play badminton on paths between immaculately manicured gardens, while at dusk, couples canoodle on wrought-iron benches under banyan trees that drape elegantly into the slow-flowing Pearl River.’
    • ‘The series had been the first on US television to show a married couple canoodling in bed - obviously it was a particularly nice feeling.’
    • ‘The Oscar-winning actor and the sexy actress were seen at Miami Beach's Prime 112 restaurant looking very much the couple, while onlookers claim they were canoodling during a recent night out at Amika Loft Lounge and Discotheque..’
    • ‘Wandered into work this morning only to find a sealed envelope on my keyboard, containing anonymously-delivered blackmail-type photographic evidence of me and a certain other person canoodling at a Christmas party last year.’
    • ‘Then on July 1, the two were reportedly spied canoodling at a pub in North London. ‘She spent the whole evening all over Johnny,’ a source reported.’
    • ‘The tattooed wild child was spotted canoodling with the British singer at London's Umbaba nightclub on Friday night.’
    • ‘The pair have been seen taking romantic walks together and canoodling while enjoying breakfast in a swanky eatery.’
    • ‘Moments later, he was in the back of a stretch limo with two young women to demonstrate that 18th - century London was a whirl of binge drinking, swearing and canoodling.’
    • ‘Two hundred children at Warneford school, near Swindon, have boycotted lessons and staged a rally on the playing fields to protest against a ban on classroom canoodling.’
    • ‘The smitten pair, who began dating in 2003, celebrated their engagement by canoodling in a Los Angeles restaurant, surrounded by friends.’
    • ‘Rather than wanting a homemaker who thinks more about cup-cakes than canoodling, modern man is after a sexually confident woman who is not shy about paying her own way.’
    • ‘The Oscar-winning actor, who has a daughter from a previous relationship, was spotted canoodling with the mystery blonde on a beach in Miami.’
    • ‘Pammy and Tommy, who were joined on the break by their two sons, were spotted canoodling as they checked into the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel.’
    • ‘The brunette beauty was spotted canoodling with the veteran actor, who is 20 years her senior, at a party in Los Angeles..’
    • ‘Recently, several magazines ran photos showing the two canoodling on a hotel balcony.’
    • ‘Peaceful beauty spots where you can sit and canoodle with your beloved become rowdy picnic sites, littered with fast food cartons and empty drink cans and populated by teenage gangs with nothing to do but chuck stones at the wildlife.’
    • ‘Time was when the young couldn't wait to flee the nest, as they were never allowed so much as to canoodle under the parental roof; now only the stuffiest refuse to admit that the unmarried have sex lives.’
    kiss and cuddle, caress, French kiss, pet, engage in heavy petting


Mid 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.