verb (used with object), cudg·eled, cudg·el·ing, or (especially British) cudg·elled, cudg·el·ling.
Origin of cudgel
Related Words for cudgelingexcoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, knock, pelt, trounce, punch, crush, thrash, smack, batter, bash, wallop, lash, flog, maul, whip
Examples from the Web for cudgeling
Historical Examples of cudgeling
He will come quicklier than for cudgeling him as thou dost.'The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
I was just cudgeling my brains for a suitable form in which to present my request.Trusia
Tom had been cudgeling his brains to remember all that Old Sol had told him about his favorite places for setting his mink traps.Rocky Mountain Boys
St. George Rathborne
One was driven by wind and sun; even the clouds took a hand in cudgeling one on.The Camerons of Highboro
Beth B. Gilchrist
They walked out to the avenue, Joe cudgeling his brains as to what the next step should be.Baseball Joe on the Giants
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
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.