[ huhd-l ]
/ ˈhʌd l /

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

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


Origin of huddle

1570–80; hud- (weak grade of root found in hide1) + -le; replacing Middle English hoder, equivalent to hod- (variant hud-) + -er -er6

Related forms

hud·dler, nounhud·dling·ly, adverbun·hud·dle, verb (used with object), un·hud·dled, un·hud·dling. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for huddle


/ (ˈhʌdəl) /


a heaped or crowded mass of people or things
informal a private or impromptu conference (esp in the phrase go into a huddle)


Derived Forms

huddler, noun

Word Origin for huddle

C16: of uncertain origin; compare Middle English hoderen to wrap up
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Idioms and Phrases with huddle


see go into a huddle.

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