Word of the DayThursday, January 18, 2007
\KUH-juhl\ , noun;
A short heavy stick used as a weapon; a club.
To beat with or as if with a cudgel.
Whatever had been making her dogs uneasy, she'd have to handle it on her own. Rosie Bowe took a heavy piece of firewood as a cudgel and followed them.
-- Jim Crace, Signals of Distress
The Grand Vizier Kuprili of Constantinople, for example, . . . closed the city's coffeehouses. Anyone caught drinking coffee was soundly cudgeled.
-- Mark Pendergrast, Uncommon Grounds
Cudgel derives from Old English cycgel.
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