- 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 huddle
I like to imagine you in Friday Night Lights in the huddle doling out orders to everybody.Michael B. Jordan: Playing a Black Superhero in 'Fantastic Four' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'
September 28, 2014
The House Armed Services Committee members are scheduled to huddle Tuesday for a classified briefing on Iraq.Top Republican: 'Disaster' If Obama Loses ISIS Vote, So Don't Go to Congress
September 9, 2014
On freezing days, there was no need to huddle outside the office for four minutes to suck down my dose.My (Electronic) Cigarette Addiction
January 31, 2013
I liked that they all said, ‘Huddle up dudes,’ and one would be smacking the other in the head, and it was really funny.Is ‘Mirror Mirror’ Starring Julia Roberts the Worst Movie of the Year?
March 30, 2012
They huddle in each other's offices, selectively sharing intelligence about their peers' machinations, real and imagined.Resisting the Pull of Office Politics
Jack And Suzy Welch
December 10, 2008
And if I huddle up what happened, excitement also shares the blame.Crocker's Hole
R. D. Blackmore
We tried to grip each other, but in the huddle we were thrust apart.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
They huddle indoors instead of keeping vigorous with exercise.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
Do not huddle all your men together in a small trench like sheep in a pen.The Defence of Duffer's Drift
Ernest Dunlop Swinton
Without even a premonitory shout a pony bolted for us, from their huddle.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
- 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 huddle
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 huddle
see go into a huddle.