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verb (used with object), gud·dled, gud·dling.
  1. to catch (fish) by groping with the hands, as under rocks or along a riverbank.
verb (used without object), gud·dled, gud·dling.
  1. to grope for fish under stones, along a riverbank, etc.
  1. Informal. a muddled affair; mix-up; confusion.

Origin of guddle

First recorded in 1810–20; probably imitative
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Historical Examples

  • Guddle, to catch fish with the hands by groping under the stones or banks.

    Weir of Hermiston

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for guddle


  1. to catch (fish) by groping with the hands under the banks or stones of a stream
  1. a muddle; confusion

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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