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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CUDDLING

She was sitting, cuddling her doll before the fire, for the nights were still cool.

We are sitting right down in her lap, and she is cuddling us up.

The artist knew that she was cuddling the puppy to her heart, and his own grew twisted.

When we saw it again it was cuddling in Vretson's vast, outspread paws.

And besides, papa is never mean—and he doesn't like cuddling.

Jack began to whine and she took him up; then, cuddling closer, she went asleep.

Miss Patty gave a little cry and took them, cuddling them in her lap.

He was cuddling the evil memory he bore those hungry wolves.

“Tell me all about it,” she said, cuddling the golden head close.

"If we have to we must, though," she exclaimed, cuddling closer.

WORD ORIGIN

early 16c. (implied in cudlyng), perhaps a variant of obsolete cull, coll "to embrace" (see collar (n.)); or perhaps from Middle English *couthelen, from couth "known," hence "comfortable with." It has a spotty early history and seems to have been a nursery word at first. Related: Cuddled; cuddling.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CUDDLING

heavy petting

nounerotic contact without intercourse
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