Main definitions of cuddy in English

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cuddy1

nounPlural cuddies

US
  • A small room or compartment, especially on a boat.

    • ‘Forward and beneath the main saloon is a second head with shower, two large hanging lockers and a cuddy cabin with port and starboard berths.’
    • ‘I had a 22-foot Regal cuddy cabin that I always had problems with and found myself constantly at odds with the dealership.’
    • ‘The marine industry's ‘Boat Across America’ tour, which covered 5,400 miles in a 24-foot cuddy cabin this summer, had an extra measure of safety thanks to the U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety.’
    • ‘There is a small cuddy cabin forward with self-tailing jib sheet winches on each side of the companionway and all sail controls are within easy reach without leaving the cockpit.’
    • ‘The stern anchor is easy to bring up but when fishing from a boat with a cabin or cuddy it can be a little difficult to retrieve the front anchor.’
    • ‘She had solid wooden masts, no engine, stones for ballast, a big traditional open cockpit for fishing, and a snug, comfortable cuddy forward of the foremast.’
    • ‘It is a very wide-bottomed boat which makes it rather slow but comfortable to fish from, and the small cuddy is a blessing in bad weather.’
    • ‘Boston Whaler's new boat takes their unsinkable 32-foot center console and adds a decent-sized cuddy cabin forward.’
    • ‘While this walk-around does not have a cuddy, it does try to please non-fishermen with a forward area flanked with seating with full, curved backrests and plush bow cushions, a swim platform, and lots of handrails for safety.’
    • ‘All models shared the same walkaround cuddy cabin accommodation plan.’
    • ‘Keeping your gear in a box makes it a lot easier to keep it tidy; what's more, it keeps it a lot drier - an important point in an open boat with no cuddy.’
    • ‘And don't even think about hauling a cuddy cabin or express cruiser behind your car.’
    • ‘Cruisers, bow riders, cuddy cabins, personal watercraft and, of course, houseboats, shuttle in and out.’
    • ‘The cuddy cabin features a V-berth arrangement with cushions as standard equipment and a number of options to make things a little more comfortable down below.’
    • ‘Aft of the ventilation hatches, a small cuddy with a half-height hatch marks the official entry from the deck to the engine-room.’
    • ‘Anderson heads his 22-foot cuddy-cabin fishing boat out of the marina.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

cuddy

/ˈkʌdi/

Main definitions of cuddy in English

: cuddy1cuddy2

cuddy2

nounPlural cuddies

Scottish
dialect
  • 1A donkey.

    • ‘His daily preview of the South African cards is being syndicated by the Press Association with a view to giving punters in betting shops half a chance of deciphering the form of the local cuddies.’
    • ‘Last week a friend was certain that he was on to a profit, because his friend in an ownership syndicate had told him they all fancied their cuddy and were going to have that month's mortgage money on it.’
    • ‘According to reports the other day, we will be doomed in February 2019, when asteroid 2002 NT7 smacks into planet Earth considerably faster than any of my cuddies have run.’
    • ‘I have observed countless team-mates attempting to augment cash flow by the traditional methods of cards, cuddies and casinos.’
    • ‘Would a Regional Parliament for the North East feel the need to legislate about the welfare of cuddies instead of horses and cattle?’
  • 2A stupid person.

    ‘you great soft cuddy!’
    • ‘The cuddy will almost certainly win, but you might find yourself punching the smugness off the sponsor's/owner's face and spending a night in the cells, as happened to an unfortunate friend of mine.’
    idiot, fool, stupid person, simpleton, moron, cretin, imbecile, ignoramus, oaf, dunce, dolt, dullard, nincompoop, duffer, jackass
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Origin

Early 18th century: perhaps a pet form of the given name Cuthbert, once popular in Scotland and northern England.

Pronunciation

cuddy

/ˈkʌdi/