noun cud·gel \ˈkə-jəl\

: a short heavy club

Full Definition of CUDGEL

:  a short heavy club

Examples of CUDGEL

  1. <a farmer armed with a cudgel drove us off his land>

Origin of CUDGEL

Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel; perhaps akin to Middle High German kugele ball
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, muzzle, rapier



: to hit (someone or something) with a club

cudgeled or cudgelledcudgel·ing or cudgel·ling \ˈkəj-liŋ, ˈkə-jə-\

Full Definition of CUDGEL

transitive verb
:  to beat with or as if with a cudgel
cudgel one's brains
:  to think hard (as for a solution to a problem)

First Known Use of CUDGEL


Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier


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