A small room or compartment, especially on a boat.
Mid 17th century of uncertain origin.
1A donkey.‘Would a Regional Parliament for the North East feel the need to legislate about the welfare of cuddies instead of horses and cattle?’
- ‘Last week a friend was certain that he was on to a profit, because his friend in an ownership syndicate had told him they all fancied their cuddy and were going to have that month's mortgage money on it.’
- ‘According to reports the other day, we will be doomed in February 2019, when asteroid 2002 NT7 smacks into planet Earth considerably faster than any of my cuddies have run.’
- ‘His daily preview of the South African cards is being syndicated by the Press Association with a view to giving punters in betting shops half a chance of deciphering the form of the local cuddies.’
- ‘I have observed countless team-mates attempting to augment cash flow by the traditional methods of cards, cuddies and casinos.’
2A stupid person.‘you great soft cuddy!’
idiot, fool, stupid person, simpleton, moron, cretin, imbecile, ignoramus, oaf, dunce, dolt, dullard, nincompoop, duffer, jackass
- ‘The cuddy will almost certainly win, but you might find yourself punching the smugness off the sponsor's/owner's face and spending a night in the cells, as happened to an unfortunate friend of mine.’
Early 18th century perhaps a pet form of the given name Cuthbert, once popular in Scotland and northern England.
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