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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
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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Examples from the web for dudgeon
  • 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.
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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