Definition of caboodle in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈbo͞odl/
(also kaboodle)


(in phrase the whole caboodle or the whole kit and caboodle) informal
The whole number or quantity of people or things in question.
Example sentences
  • Ah yes, I love cartoons, animation, the whole kit and caboodle.
  • Yes, it's a truly woeful collection that for some reason my mother decided to ship over to me here, the whole kit and caboodle.
  • The first floor is accessory heaven, bags, sunglasses, scarves, the whole kit and caboodle.


Mid 19th century (originally US): perhaps from the phrase kit and boodle, in the same sense (see kit1, boodle).

  • The caboodle in the expression the whole caboodle or the whole kit and caboodle, meaning ‘the whole lot’, is a mysterious word. The phrase was originally the whole kit, and later the whole kit and boodle. Boodle meant ‘a lot, a crowd’, or ‘money’, and may be connected to Dutch boedel, meaning ‘possessions’. See also kit

Words that rhyme with caboodle

boodle, canoodle, doodle, feudal, noodle, poodle, strudel, udal

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Syllabification: ca·boo·dle

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