[usually singular] the action of holding somebody close in your arms to show love or affection synonym hug to give somebody a cuddle Word Origin early 16th cent. (rare before the 18th cent.): of unknown origin.Extra examples Give Mummy a big cuddle. He gave her a big cuddle and told her not to worry. He just wants a comforting kiss and a cuddle and he’ll be all right. They were having a cuddle on the sofa. She gave him a cuddle.