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[huhd-l] /ˈhʌd l/
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.
Origin of huddle
1570-80; hud- (weak grade of root found in hide1) + -le; replacing Middle English hoder, equivalent to hod- (variant hud-) + -er -er6
Related forms
huddler, noun
huddlingly, adverb
unhuddle, verb (used with object), unhuddled, unhuddling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for huddle
  • 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.
  • Their last panicked huddle made them a convenient target.
  • Several hundred civilians, their homes in ashes, huddle under makeshift shelters.
  • All of this raises the question of why the politically green huddle together in the same sorts of locations.
  • It is home to an annual fiddlers' convention and, less happily, a huddle of textile and furniture factories.
  • The streets huddle together, dark and dense, while all around laps the watery lagoon.
  • People drag mattresses to the middle of their rooms and huddle together to keep warm.
  • When magnetized, the beads would attract one another, forcing the receptors to huddle and activate.
  • Penguins can join the group on one end, cycle through the huddle and exit on the other end.
British Dictionary definitions for huddle


a heaped or crowded mass of people or things
(informal) a private or impromptu conference (esp in the phrase go into a huddle)
to crowd or cause to crowd or nestle closely together
(often foll by up) to draw or hunch (oneself), as through cold
(intransitive) (informal) to meet and confer privately
(transitive) (mainly Brit) to do (something) in a careless way
(transitive) (rare) to put on (clothes) hurriedly
Derived Forms
huddler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; compare Middle English hoderen to wrap up
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Word Origin and History for huddle

1570s, "to heap or crowd together," probably from Low German hudern "to cover, to shelter," from Middle Low German huden "to cover up," from Proto-Germanic *hud- (see hide (v.)). Cf. also Middle English hoderen "heap together, huddle" (c.1300). Related: Huddled; huddling. The noun is from 1580s. U.S. football sense is from 1928.

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Slang definitions & phrases for huddle



A conference; closed and intense discussion: He went into a huddle with his aides


: We'll have to huddle on that one

[1929+; fr the huddle, esp of the offensive team, before most plays in football]

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