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v. cud·dled, cud·dling, cud·dles
To hold fondly in the arms; hug tenderly. See Synonyms at caress.
To nestle; snuggle: The children cuddled together on the couch.
The act of cuddling; a hug or embrace.

[Origin unknown.]

cud′dle·some, cud′dly adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuddling - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)cuddling - affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
arousal, stimulation - mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
snogging - (British informal) cuddle and kiss
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References in classic literature ?
Now she sat upon a high branch, safe out of harm's way, cuddling the little thing close to her hairy breast, the while her savage little eyes bored down upon the contestants in the clearing, and her ferocious voice urged Taug and the other bulls to leap into the melee.
"I can only say good night tonight with a clear conscience," said Anne, cuddling luxuriously down among her pillows.
Babies want love and cuddling and all the sweet baby talk they can get, and Little Jem is going to have it, bless his dear itty heartums."
"'See now dere!' says Bertran, 'und you would shoot him while he is cuddling you?
With low moans, she sat cuddling the body to her; nor did Kerchak attempt to molest her.
"The poor old Worm turns as if she was treading on him instead of cuddling him like a pussy cat.
Whenever I try cuddling up to him on the sofa he thinks I'm initiating sex, which I'm not.
WEveryone has that first photo cuddling their little bundle and we asked Manchester mums to share theirs with us as we celebrate Mothering Sunday.
Team Tactics has begun the search for the cuddling experts as part of an exercise designed to promote bonding and stress relief which will last eight hours, to mimic a full working day.
It's a scientific fact that cuddling triggers the body to release chemicals that help de-compress after a busy day.
Having the cuddle bed at Strathcarron meant so much to not only my dad but the whole family, including the kids who enjoyed cuddling up and enjoying precious time together."
Axel was able to return home with his parents recently, but the officers would miss cuddling the baby, according to ( NBC affiliate King 5.