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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Example sentences
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.
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