- to gather or crowd together in a close mass.
- to crouch, curl up, or draw oneself together.
- Football. to get together in a huddle.
- to confer or consult; meet to discuss, exchange ideas, or make a decision.
- to heap or crowd together closely.
- to draw (oneself) closely together, as in crouching; nestle (often followed by up).
- Chiefly British. to do hastily and carelessly (often followed by up, over, or together).
- to put on (clothes) with careless haste (often followed by on).
- a closely gathered group, mass, or heap; bunch.
- Football. a gathering of the offensive team in a close circle or line behind the line of scrimmage for instructions, signals, etc., from the team captain or quarterback, usually held before each offensive play.
- a conference, or consultation, especially a private meeting to discuss serious matters: The labor representatives have been in a huddle for two hours.
- confusion or disorder.
Origin of huddle
Examples from the Web for huddled
We huddled up and the boy snapped the photo, then handed me the camera.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale
December 5, 2014
Yet the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free did not always find what they expected in America.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Contestants, huddled on the couches of a communal room, clutched their faces in shock and some broke into sobs.No One Told ‘Big Brother Israel’ About the War
August 7, 2014
“We found them all huddled together,” Riccardo Russo of the Italian fire brigade told reporters.Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 7, 2014
We huddled under the covers and drank and ate and then ducked out in the dark to brush our teeth.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
Nellie was huddled against her mother, who sat, idle, with little Benny in her arms.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
In the dusk of the wooded shades behind him huddled the group of slaves.In the Valley
Tom was huddled in a heap on the straw bed in the far corner.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Soubise and I huddled close together, trying to keep each other warm.My Double Life
There they were, all huddled together with the engine and the fires.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- a heaped or crowded mass of people or things
- informal a private or impromptu conference (esp in the phrase go into a huddle)
- to crowd or cause to crowd or nestle closely together
- (often foll by up) to draw or hunch (oneself), as through cold
- (intr) informal to meet and confer privately
- (tr) mainly British to do (something) in a careless way
- (tr) rare to put on (clothes) hurriedly
Word Origin and History for huddled
1570s, "to heap or crowd together," probably from Low German hudern "to cover, to shelter," from Middle Low German huden "to cover up," from Proto-Germanic *hud- (see hide (v.)). Cf. also Middle English hoderen "heap together, huddle" (c.1300). Related: Huddled; huddling. The noun is from 1580s. U.S. football sense is from 1928.
Idioms and Phrases with huddled
see go into a huddle.