1 [duhj-uhn]
a feeling of offense or resentment; anger: We left in high dudgeon.

1565–75; origin uncertain

indignation, pique.
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2 [duhj-uhn]
noun Obsolete.
a kind of wood used especially for the handles of knives, daggers, etc.
a handle or hilt made of this wood.
a dagger having such a hilt.

1400–50; late Middle English; compare Anglo-French digeon

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dudgeon1 (ˈdʌdʒən)
anger or resentment (archaic, except in the phrase in high dudgeon)
[C16: of unknown origin]

dudgeon2 (ˈdʌdʒən)
1.  obsolete a wood used in making the handles of knives, daggers, etc
2.  archaic a dagger, knife, etc, with a dudgeon hilt
[C15: from Anglo-Norman digeon, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, duggin, of unknown origin. One suggestion is It. 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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see in high dudgeon.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Suddenly, out of nowhere, her supposedly faithless lover appears in righteous high dudgeon.
This, the captain took in dudgeon, and they were at sword's points at once.
Thus saith many of the commentators, and many in a state of high dudgeon.
But in the end all this high dudgeon is unjustified for a deeper reason.
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