from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal The lot, group, or bunch: donated the whole caboodle.
- n. Informal A crowd or collection of people.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any large collection of things or people
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The whole collection; the entire quantity or number; -- usually in the phrase the whole caboodle or the whole kit and caboodle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Crowd; pack; lot; company: used only with whole: as, the whole caboodle (that is, the whole number, crowd, or quantity).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any collection in its entirety
Alteration of boodle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
US slang, mid 19th century, thought to be from "kit and boodle"; "the whole boodle" is attested in the 1830s, and "the whole caboodle" in 1848. Recently resurrected in Fife, Scotland and published in Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, Steps by Adamson, K. in 2011. (Wiktionary)