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huddle

[huhd-l] /ˈhʌd l/
verb (used without object), huddled, huddling.
1.
to gather or crowd together in a close mass.
2.
to crouch, curl up, or draw oneself together.
3.
Football. to get together in a huddle.
4.
to confer or consult; meet to discuss, exchange ideas, or make a decision.
verb (used with object), huddled, huddling.
5.
to heap or crowd together closely.
6.
to draw (oneself) closely together, as in crouching; nestle (often followed by up).
7.
Chiefly British. to do hastily and carelessly (often followed by up, over, or together).
8.
to put on (clothes) with careless haste (often followed by on).
noun
9.
a closely gathered group, mass, or heap; bunch.
10.
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.
11.
a conference, or consultation, especially a private meeting to discuss serious matters:
The labor representatives have been in a huddle for two hours.
12.
confusion or disorder.
Origin
1570-1580
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.
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Examples for huddling
  • huddling in static strongpoints simply concedes the field to the insurgents.
British Dictionary definitions for huddling

huddle

/ˈhʌdəl/
noun
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)
verb
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.
(intransitive) (informal) to meet and confer privately
6.
(transitive) (mainly Brit) to do (something) in a careless way
7.
(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 huddling

huddle

v.

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 huddling

huddle

noun

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

verb

: 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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