AskDefine | Define cuddle

Dictionary Definition

cuddle n : a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace [syn: nestle, snuggle]


1 move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position; "We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags" [syn: snuggle, nestle, nest, nuzzle, draw close]
2 hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth; "I cuddled the baby"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A snuggle; an affectionate embrace, often used in conjunction with family members and close friends.



  1. To embrace affectionately, lie together snugly.
    The young lovers cuddled on the couch.
  2. To cradle in one's arms so as to give comfort, warmth.
    She cuddled the infant before bedtime.
    I'm cold; can you roll over here and cuddle me, honey.


to embrace, lie together snugly
to cradle in one's arms

Extensive Definition

A hug is a form of physical intimacy that generally involves closing or holding the arms around another person or group of persons. The hug is one of the most common human signs of love and affection, along with kissing. Unlike some other forms of physical intimacy, it is practiced publicly and privately without stigma in many nations, religions and cultures, within families, and also across age and gender lines.
Sometimes, hugs are a romantic exchange. A hug may also be exchanged as a sign of support and comfort. A hug can be a demonstration of affection and emotional warmth, sometimes arising out of joy or happiness at meeting someone.
Brief in most cases, it is used to show many levels of affection. It is not particular to human beings alone, as there are many species of animals that engage in similar exchanges of warmth.
A prolonged hugging in a cozy, comfortable position is also called cuddling.
Spooning is a cuddling position, a kind of hugging when both the hugger and the hugged persons face the same direction, i.e., the front of one person is in contact with the back of the second one.

See also


cuddle in Spanish: Abrazo
cuddle in Esperanto: Brakumo
cuddle in Hebrew: חיבוק
cuddle in Dutch: Knuffelen
cuddle in Finnish: Halaaminen
cuddle in Swedish: Kram
cuddle in Yiddish: האלדזן
cuddle in Chinese: 擁抱

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bill and coo, bundle, burrow, caress, cosset, croodle, cuddle up, curl up, dandle, embrace, enfold, fondle, hold, hug, lap, love, neck, nestle, nuzzle, pet, smooch, snug, snug up, snuggle, snuggle up to
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