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 formshud·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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Contemporary Examples of huddle

Historical Examples of huddle

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for huddle



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
Derived Formshuddler, noun

Word Origin for huddle

C16: of uncertain origin; compare Middle English hoderen to wrap up
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with huddle


see go into a huddle.

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