[ guhd-l ]
/ ˈgʌd l /

verb (used with object), gud·dled, gud·dling.

to catch (fish) by groping with the hands, as under rocks or along a riverbank.

verb (used without object), gud·dled, gud·dling.

to grope for fish under stones, along a riverbank, etc.


Informal. a muddled affair; mix-up; confusion.

Origin of guddle

First recorded in 1810–20; probably imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guddle

  • 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

/ (ˈɡʌdəl) Scot /


to catch (fish) by groping with the hands under the banks or stones of a stream


a muddle; confusion

Word Origin for guddle

C19: of unknown origin
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