- a feeling of offense or resentment; anger: We left in high dudgeon.
Origin of dudgeon1
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- a kind of wood used especially for the handles of knives, daggers, etc.
- a handle or hilt made of this wood.
- a dagger having such a hilt.
Origin of dudgeon2
Examples from the Web for dudgeon
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?
- anger or resentment (archaic, except in the phrase in high dudgeon)
- obsolete a wood used in making the handles of knives, daggers, etc
- archaic a dagger, knife, etc, with a dudgeon hilt
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.
Idioms and Phrases with dudgeon
see in high dudgeon.