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[duhj-uh n]
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  1. a feeling of offense or resentment; anger: We left in high dudgeon.

Origin of dudgeon1

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain


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indignation, pique.


[duhj-uh n]
noun Obsolete.
  1. a kind of wood used especially for the handles of knives, daggers, etc.
  2. a handle or hilt made of this wood.
  3. a dagger having such a hilt.

Origin of dudgeon2

1400–50; late Middle English; compare Anglo-French digeon
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Examples from the Web for dudgeon

Historical Examples

  • Meanwhile, the housekeeper, on leaving the library, had gone to her own room in dudgeon.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • And he went off in dudgeon, leaving me very lonely and miserable.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • The name of the little hucksters across the way was Dudgeon.

  • John Dudgeon was there, and Mrs. John, and several offshoots of the Dudgeon tree.

  • But,” she continued after a pause, “which Mr. Dudgeon is it—the one with a wife, or the one without?

British Dictionary definitions for dudgeon


  1. anger or resentment (archaic, except in the phrase in high dudgeon)

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin


  1. obsolete a wood used in making the handles of knives, daggers, etc
  2. archaic a dagger, knife, etc, with a dudgeon hilt

Word Origin

C15: from Anglo-Norman digeon, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for dudgeon


1570s, duggin, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Italian aduggiare "to overshadow," giving it the same sense development as umbrage. No clear connection to earlier dudgeon (late 14c.), a kind of wood used for knife handles, which is perhaps from a French word.

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Idioms and Phrases with dudgeon


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