- 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
Related Words for cudgeledexcoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, knock, pelt, trounce, punch, crush, thrash, smack, batter, bash, wallop, lash, flog, maul, whip
Examples from the Web for cudgeled
Historical Examples of cudgeled
At tampes, the mayor who promulgates the law is cudgeled to death.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
I slackened my pace, and cudgeled my brain, as the saying is, for some moments.A New Sensation
Mullen, batting for Pipp, cudgeled the ball to left, and Baker and Gedeon counted.News Writing
M. Lyle Spencer
He cudgeled his brains as to what answer he could make to the Emperor.Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls
Anna Cogswell Tyler
He cudgeled his brains to invent some reasonable excuse for bidding her farewell.The Great Mogul
- 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 for cudgel
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.