Synonyms of 'cuddle'
1 hugDictionary, embrace, clasp
He cuddled their newborn baby.
phrasal verbcuddle up
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If you clasp someone or something, you hold them tightly in your hands or arms.
Mary clasped the children to her desperately.
If you embrace someone, you put your arms around them and hold them tightly, usually in order to show your love or affection for them. You can also say that two people embrace.
Penelope came forward and embraced her sister.
Thesaurus for cuddle from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you cuddle someone, you put your arms round them and hold them close as a way of showing your affection.