Green’s Dictionary of Slang

canoodle v.

also conoodle, kanoodle
[ety. unknown but presumably linked to SE cuddle]

1. (orig. US) to cuddle, to caress sexually; usu. as canoodling n., cuddling or love-making; also as adj. canoodling.

[UK]G.A. Sala Twice Round the Clock 112: A sly kiss, and a squeeze, and a pressure of the foot or so, and a variety of harmless endearing blandishments, known to our American cousins [...] under the generic name of ‘conoodling.’.
[UK]G.A. Sala Temple Bar Dec. 40: He is an adept in that branch of persuasive dialectics known as conoodling. He will conoodle the ladies [...] into the acquisition of whole packages of gimcrack merchandise [F&H].
[UK]‘Our Representatives Man’ in Punch 15 Mar. 117/2: Then he and the matchless one struggle, snuggle, and generally conoodle together rapturously [F&H].
[NZ]N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 8 Jan. 163/4: The mal de mer incident, with its ‘kissing, cuddling and canoodling’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Jan. 13/2: If yez all plade guilty, be th’ same towken yez’ll git off aisy enuff; but if yez give him th’ lashte trubbil at all by yer kanoodlin’ and philanderin’, be jabers, but ye’ll git a bloomin’ month aich at th’ very lashte.
[UK]Era 29 Dec. 16/4: Little Thomas, in a song full of fun, ‘The Canoodling Couple’, was quite up to his old form.
[UK]A. Binstead More Gal’s Gossip 130: So, without courtship or canoodling of any kind, Esther van Winkel and Solomon Stoomtromp stood with joined hands beneath the canopy of the chuppa.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Feb. 1/1: Princess-road, Claremont, retains its reputation as the champion canoodling ground in Groperland.
[NZ]N.Z. Truth 4 Aug. 6/5: [heaing] Claude’s Canoodling Costs Him Seven and Six a Week.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Somnolent Suitor’ Sporting Times 21 May 1/3: No canoodling, no kisses, no gaslight turned low.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 31 Jan. 10/4: Girl’s [sic] beware! The square is being patrolled nightly by a John looking for all canoodling couples .
[UK]W. Pett Ridge Madame Prince 64: We’re going to take ourselves off, allowing a little time for spooning and canoodling on the way.
[US]E. Field ‘A French Crisis’ in Facetiae Americana 19: Rasp, roger, diddle, bugger, screw, canoodle, kife and mow.
[UK]W. Holtby South Riding (1988) 89: Treated like a slut and you canoodling with fat widows!
[US]J. Evans Halo in Blood (1988) 82: That kind of canoodling [...] should have shaped her into a cocktail-lounge cutie.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 11: They want to keep us indoors, so they get flirtatious and start the canoodling routine.
[UK]P. Theroux London Embassy 141: We were [...] the classic canoodling pair, kissing on a park bench.
[US]Ian Dury ‘Honeysuckle Highway’ 🎵 Cruising down carnality canal in my canoe can I canoodle?
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 294: I cop him [...] canoodling in a corner with Lauren.
[UK]Observer New Review 3 Oct. 25/4: I found myself wondering how long it would be before he was canoodling with the pouty blonde.
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 Fall .

2. in fig., use, to persuade.

[UK]Sheffield Dly Teleg. 23 Apr. 5/5: The French Government propose to canoodle England out of the brilliant position Lord Salisbury’s diplomacy has gained for her.
[UK]Sheffield Dly Teleg. 13 Feb. 5/4: His lordship flung up his arms [...] with a vivacity that reminded one of the days when he used to wheedle judgesand canoodle juries.

In derivatives

canoodler (n.)

one who indulges in some degree of love-making.

[Aus]W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 30 June 1/1: The night police [...] are a trifle too public in their pavement amours [...] the feelings of the passing public are rarely consulted by these alfresco canoodlers.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Mar. 1/1: All are not cooing doves that drive out to her canoodlers’ retreat.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 11 May 14/4: They Say [...] That Duck Flat canoodlers don’t like the idea of electric lighting.