- a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club.
- to strike with a cudgel; beat.
- cudgel one's brains, to try to comprehend or remember: I cudgeled my brains to recall her name.
- take up the cudgels, to come to the defense or aid of someone or something.
Origin of cudgel
Examples from the Web for cudgeling
He will come quicklier than for cudgeling him as thou dost.'The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
I was just cudgeling my brains for a suitable form in which to present my request.Trusia
Tom had been cudgeling his brains to remember all that Old Sol had told him about his favorite places for setting his mink traps.Rocky Mountain Boys
St. George Rathborne
One was driven by wind and sun; even the clouds took a hand in cudgeling one on.The Camerons of Highboro
Beth B. Gilchrist
They walked out to the avenue, Joe cudgeling his brains as to what the next step should be.Baseball Joe on the Giants
- a short stout stick used as a weapon
- take up the cudgels (often foll by for or on behalf of) to join in a dispute, esp to defend oneself or another
- (tr) to strike with a cudgel or similar weapon
- cudgel one's brains to think hard about a problem
Word Origin and History for cudgeling
Old English cycgel "club with rounded head;" perhaps from PIE root *geu- "to curve, bend."
"to beat with a cudgel," 1590s, from cudgel (n.). Related: Cudgeled; cudgeling.