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 with the president, discussing strategy.
a. to lie or sit with your arms and legs close to your body because you feel sick, cold, or upset
b. if football players huddle, they come together during the match in order to plan their next PLAY
hud|dle 2 [ `hʌdl ] noun count
a group of people who are gathered closely together:
A huddle of photographers was waiting outside the courtroom.
a. LITERARY a group of buildings that are built close to each other
b. a group that football players form during a game in order to discuss their next PLAY
c. get/go into a huddle to stand or sit close together in order to discuss something secretly

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • 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 — (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;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

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