huddle


huddle
huddle (v.) 1570s, "to heap or crowd together," probably from Low Ger. hudern "to cover, to shelter," from M.L.G. huden "to cover up," from P.Gmc. *hud- (see HIDE (Cf. hide) (v.)). Cf. also M.E. hoderen "heap together, huddle" (c.1300). Related: Huddled; huddling. The noun is from 1580s. U.S. football sense is from 1928.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Huddle — Hud dle, v. t. 1. To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system. [1913 Webster] Our adversary, huddling several suppositions together, . . . makes a medley and confusion. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To do, make …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huddle — [hud′ l] vi. huddled, huddling [orig. (16th c.), to put out of sight < ? or akin to ME hudel, var. of hidel, a hiding place < OE hydel < hydan, HIDE1] 1. to crowd, push, or nestle close together, as cows do in a storm 2. to draw the… …   English World dictionary

  • Huddle — Hud dle, n. A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion. A huddle of ideas. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huddle — [n] assemblage, crowd, often disorganized bunch, chaos, cluster, clutter, confab*, conference, confusion, disarray, discussion, disorder, gathering, group, heap, jumble, mass, meeting, mess*, muddle; concepts 230,260 huddle [v] meet, discuss… …   New thesaurus

  • Huddle — Hud dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Huddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Huddling}.] [Cf. OE. hoderen, hodren, to cover, keep, warm; perh. akin to OE. huden, hiden, to hide, E. hide, and orig. meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Cf. {Hide}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huddle — index meet, turmoil Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • huddle — ► VERB 1) crowd together. 2) curl one s body into a small space. ► NOUN ▪ a number of people or things crowded together. ORIGIN originally in the sense «conceal»: perhaps Low German …   English terms dictionary

  • Huddle — In sport, a huddle is when a team gathers together, usually in a tight circle, to strategise, motivate, and/or celebrate. It is a popular strategy for keeping opponents insulated from sensitive information, and acts as a form of insulation when… …   Wikipedia

  • huddle — I UK [ˈhʌd(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms huddle : present tense I/you/we/they huddle he/she/it huddles present participle huddling past tense huddled past participle huddled 1) a) huddle or huddle together or huddle up to move close… …   English dictionary

  • huddle — hud|dle1 [ hʌdl ] verb intransitive or transitive huddle or huddle together or huddle up to move close together in order to stay warm, feel safe, or talk: huddle around: We huddled around the fire for warmth. huddle with: Several aides huddled… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.