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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 huddled
  • It keeps the warm moist air created by the bees from condensing on the inner cover and dripping down on the huddled colony.
  • Today the site is occupied by an old textbook warehouse huddled among apartment and office towers.
  • They then observed if, in response to the calls, the elephants huddled together and smelled the air to figure out who was coming.
  • At the far shore, they found hundreds of cormorant chicks huddled on the ground.
  • Parents found the bodies of their children huddled together.
  • huddled around him were eight lawyers from his defense team.
  • Either it is a well arranged universe or a chaos huddled together, but still a universe.
  • huddled in a tight formation, they wolf down bowls of rhubarb crumble.
  • In half an hour, they were huddled around the bags in the apartment.
  • The electricity was out, as is often the case in the provinces, and the party members huddled around two flickering candles.
British Dictionary definitions for huddled


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 huddled



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 huddled



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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