verb (used without object), huddled, huddling.
to gather or crowd together in a close mass.
to crouch, curl up, or draw oneself together.
Football. to get together in a huddle.
to confer or consult; meet to discuss, exchange ideas, or make a decision.
verb (used with object), huddled, huddling.
to heap or crowd together closely.
to draw (oneself) closely together, as in crouching; nestle (often followed by up ).
Chiefly British. to do hastily and carelessly (often followed by up, over, or together ).
to put on (clothes) with careless haste (often followed by on ).
a closely gathered group, mass, or heap; bunch.
Football. a gathering of the offensive team in a close circle or line behind the line of scrimmage for instructions, signals, etc., from the team captain or quarterback, usually held before each offensive play.
a conference, or consultation, especially a private meeting to discuss serious matters: The labor representatives have been in a huddle for two hours.
confusion or disorder.

1570–80; hud- (weak grade of root found in hide1) + -le; replacing Middle English hoder, equivalent to hod- (variant hud-) + -er -er6

huddler, noun
huddlingly, adverb
unhuddle, verb (used with object), unhuddled, unhuddling. Unabridged
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huddle (ˈhʌdəl)
1.  a heaped or crowded mass of people or things
2.  informal a private or impromptu conference (esp in the phrase go into a huddle)
3.  to crowd or cause to crowd or nestle closely together
4.  (often foll by up) to draw or hunch (oneself), as through cold
5.  informal (intr) to meet and confer privately
6.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) to do (something) in a careless way
7.  rare (tr) to put on (clothes) hurriedly
[C16: of uncertain origin; compare Middle English hoderen to wrap up]

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Word Origin & History

1564, "to heap or crowd together," probably from Low Ger. hudern "to cover, to shelter," from M.L.G. huden "to cover up" (see hide). The noun meaning "close or secret conference" is from 1929.
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Idioms & Phrases


see go into a huddle.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
When the animals get weak they will huddle into some nook or corner and simply stay there till they die.
We have far too much to offer to all huddle together in colleges and universities.
The streets huddle together, dark and dense, while all around laps the watery lagoon.
When magnetized, the beads would attract one another, forcing the receptors to huddle and activate.
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