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cudgel

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noun cud·gel \ˈkə-jəl\

Definition of cudgel

  1. :  a short heavy club The eighteenth-century audience went to the theatre armed with whistles, rattles, … and sometimes even wooden cudgels. — Ronald Hayman

Examples of cudgel in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of cudgel

Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel; perhaps akin to Middle High German kugele ball


First Known Use: before 12th century

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cudgel

verb cud·gel

Definition of cudgel

cudgeled

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cudgelled

;

cudgeling

or

cudgelling

\ˈkəj-liŋ, ˈkə-jə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat with or as if with a cudgel

cudgel one's brains

  1. :  to think hard (as for a solution to a problem)

Origin and Etymology of cudgel

see 1cudgel


First Known Use: 1596

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CUDGEL Defined for English Language Learners

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cudgel

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noun cud·gel \ˈkə-jəl\

Definition of cudgel for English Language Learners

  • : a short heavy club


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cudgel

verb cud·gel

Definition of cudgel for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (someone or something) with a club


CUDGEL Defined for Kids

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cudgel

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noun cud·gel \ˈkə-jəl\

Definition of cudgel for Students

  1. :  a short heavy club


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cudgel

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verb cud·gel

Definition of cudgel for Students

cudgeled

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cudgelled

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cudgeling

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cudgelling

  1. :  to beat with or as if with a short heavy club



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