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cud·dy 1

n. pl. cud·dies
1. Nautical A small cabin or the cook's galley on a ship.
2. A small room, cupboard, or closet.

[Origin unknown.]

cud·dy 2

n. pl. cud·dies Scots
1. A donkey.
2. A fool; a dolt.

[Perhaps from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert, personal name.]
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n, pl -dies
1. (Nautical Terms) a small cabin in a boat
2. a small room, cupboard, etc
[C17: perhaps from Dutch kajute; compare Old French cahute]


(ˈkʌdɪ) or


n, pl -dies
(Animals) dialect chiefly Scot a donkey or horse
[C18: probably from Cuddy, nickname for Cuthbert]


n, pl -dies
(Animals) a young coalfish
[C18: of unknown origin]
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(ˈkʌd i)

n., pl. -dies.
a. a small room or enclosed space on a boat.
b. a galley or pantry in a small boat.
2. a small room, cupboard, or closet.
[1650–60; of uncertain orig.]


(ˈkʌd i, ˈkʊd i)

n., pl. -dies. Scot.
1. donkey.
2. fool1.
[1705–15; perhaps generic use of Cuddy, short for Cuthbert, name]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuddy - the galley or pantry of a small ship
caboose, cookhouse, ship's galley, galley - the area for food preparation on a ship
small ship - a ship that is small
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References in classic literature ?
I went into the cuddy. My captain sat at the head of the table like a statue.
I found my two officers waiting for me near the sup- per table, in the lighted cuddy. We sat down at once, and as I helped the chief mate, I said:
"Very well, sir." Out- side the cuddy he put his head in the second mate's door to inform him of my unheard-of caprice to take a five hours' anchor watch on myself.
It seems they rushed us aft to- gether, gripped as we were, screaming `Murder!' like a lot of lunatics, and broke into the cuddy. And the ship run- ning for her life, touch and go all the time, any minute her last in a sea fit to turn your hair gray only a-looking at it.
The cuddy lamp was burning over the table on which stood a vase with flowers, a polite attention from the ship's provision merchant--the last flowers we should see for the next three months at the very least.
In the cuddy we were only five, but a more uneven quintette I defy you to convene.
Why repeat steerage gossip, about mysterious cargoes, at the cuddy table?
The quiet dignity of his bearing transformed the dim-lit cuddy of the schooner into an audience-hall.
Lastly, we would drink some beer in the cabin, which was furnished with a wooden table on cross legs, and with black straight-backed chairs--more like a farm kitchen than a ship's cuddy. The sea and all nauti cal affairs seemed very far removed from the hos pitality of this exemplary family.
I clung to my ship, for all the bother she caused me, but what I could not bear were the long lonely evenings in her cuddy, where the atmosphere, made smelly by a leaky lamp, was agitated by the snoring of the mate.
He only stuck his head for a moment into our little cuddy where I was changing my clothes and being told in answer to his question that I had no special orders to give went ashore without waiting for me.
Mr Cuddy had been a patient in St John's Hospital for 18 months and was transferred to Sligo General just a day before his death.