1. (verb) To engage in affectionate or amorous behavior, such as cuddling, kissing, or fondling. It often refers to public displays of affection between couples, especially in a playful or flirtatious manner.


The young couple couldn’t resist canoodling in the park, holding hands and stealing kisses under the shade of the oak tree, much to the amusement of passersby.


Fun Fact

The origin of “canoodle” is a bit of a mystery, but it is believed to have first appeared in English in the late 19th century. One theory suggests that it might be derived from the English dialect word “canoodle,” meaning to fondle or caress, which in turn could be related to the German word “knudeln,” meaning to knead or massage. Another theory proposes that it could be a blend of the words “canoe” and “cuddle,” conjuring images of couples snuggling together in a small boat. Regardless of its exact origins, “canoodle” has become a popular and playful term to describe affectionate or intimate behavior between lovers, often with a hint of humor or teasing.