Monday, 21 July 2014

Croodle - Crouching as for Warmth

A Native American croodling by a campfire
Crouching Indian by a Fire
E. Irving Couse (1866-1936)

CROODLE

Verb intransitive. dialectical. Late 18th century.
[Origin unknown.]

Crouch down;
draw oneself together, as for warmth;
nestle;
cling close to a person.

This is a delightful word, possibly of Ulster-Scots origin, listed in other references as also meaning 'to coo' and 'to hug'.

If you use croodle (or are henceforth going to use croodle), do please leave your warmest comments below.

I want to know more about this word and its use.

4 comments:

  1. Croodle seems more like a verb.
    The meaning is similar to Canoodle (kiss and cuddle amorously), which I am more familiar with.

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    1. Oops! You're quite right - it is a verb of course. My mistake (now corrected) : o /

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  2. I thought a croodle was a crude doodle.

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    1. I thought it was a ship's poodle.

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