from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To engage in caressing, petting, or lovemaking.
- transitive v. To win over or convince by cajoling or flattering; wheedle: "his matchless ability to charm, bamboozle, or canoodle most of his political associates” ( Timothy Garton Ash).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To caress, touch up, pet or make love
- v. To persuade or cajole
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pet; fondle.
- To paddle (a canoe).
- To bill and coo; spoon.
- To go snacks; share the profits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fondle or pet affectionately
Akin to English dialectal canoodle, donkey, fool, one who is foolish in love.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin Unknown; compare Swedish knulla ("to fornicate"), German knuddeln ("to cuddle"). Folk etymology cites the use of two person canoes as an activity to escape the presence of a chaperon by couples during Victorian and Edwardian times, and the activities such privacy allowed. (Wiktionary)