Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • Ah, kit and kanoodle.

    August 8, 2008

  • "So I was canoodling my cat last night..."

    August 7, 2008