croodle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • croodle To coo. "The owlets hoot, the owlets curr ."
    • croodle To cower or cuddle together, as from fear or cold; to lie close and snug together, as pigs in straw. "A dove to fly home to her nest and croodle there."
    • croodle To fawn or coax.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • croodle To coo like a dove; hence, to coax or fawn.
    • croodle To cower; crouch; brood; cuddle; lie close and snug.
    • croodle To feel cold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Croodle krōōd′l to cower down, or cling close to anything.
    • v.i Croodle krōōd′l (Scot.) to coo like a dove, to coax.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Cruddle Crudle

Usage

In literature:

They reckon I'm a babby to be croodled and cossetted this gate.
"North, South and Over the Sea" by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
The lads croodled down by the crackling blaze, and tried to forget that they had forgotten tea-time.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The cushat in the thicket of spruce hears the west wind's lullaby, and ceases to croodle.
"Kenneth McAlpine" by Gordon Stables
It is in all probability but the mournful croodling of some wood pigeon.
"Shireen and her Friends" by Gordon Stables
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In poetry:

O be a dove, dear name, and find her breast,
There croon and croodle all the lonely day;
Go tell her that I love her still the best,
So many days, so many miles, away.
"Canst Thou Be True?" by Richard Le Gallienne
Todlin' whoam for prattlin' tungs
Toddlin' whoam for twitterin' songs
To fondle an' croodle an' sink to rest
Wi' th' wife an' little brids i' th' nest
I'm fain to be todlin' whoam
"Todlin' Whoam" by Edwin Waugh