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dudgeon1

[duhj-uh n] /ˈdʌdʒ ən/
noun
1.
a feeling of offense or resentment; anger:
We left in high dudgeon.
Origin of dudgeon1
1565-1575
1565-75; origin uncertain
Synonyms
indignation, pique.

dudgeon2

[duhj-uh n] /ˈdʌdʒ ən/
noun, Obsolete
1.
a kind of wood used especially for the handles of knives, daggers, etc.
2.
a handle or hilt made of this wood.
3.
a dagger having such a hilt.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English; compare Anglo-French digeon
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  • I believe Mr. dudgeon is practically well again—the doctor could have told you about that.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • And he went off in dudgeon, leaving me very lonely and miserable.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • dudgeon had spoken, and no power on earth would change him from his purpose.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • John dudgeon was there, and Mrs. John, and several offshoots of the dudgeon tree.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • Yet you took yourself off in dudgeon, as though you were, leaving me without a groomsman.

    Elster's Folly Mrs. Henry Wood
  • But,” she continued after a pause, “which Mr. dudgeon is it—the one with a wife, or the one without?

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • The squire went on for some time, but it was all to no purpose; and at last he left the house, considerably in dudgeon.

    Doctor Thorne Anthony Trollope
  • Indirectly, he was the pivot on which the course of dudgeon's life turned from the normal.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • Dry-eyed we watched him take it all down and depart in a dudgeon.

  • "I made that tea for myself, Mr. dudgeon," Durham exclaimed.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
British Dictionary definitions for dudgeon

dudgeon1

/ˈdʌdʒən/
noun
1.
anger or resentment (archaic, except in the phrase in high dudgeon)
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

dudgeon2

/ˈdʌdʒən/
noun
1.
(obsolete) a wood used in making the handles of knives, daggers, etc
2.
(archaic) a dagger, knife, etc, with a dudgeon hilt
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-Norman digeon, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for dudgeon
n.

1570s, duggin, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Italian aduggiare "to overshadow," giving it the same sense development as umbrage. No clear connection to earlier dudgeon (late 14c.), a kind of wood used for knife handles, which is perhaps from a French word.

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Idioms and Phrases with dudgeon

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