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cudgel

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noun cud·gel \ ˈkə-jəl \

Definition of cudgel

: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

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Origin and Etymology of cudgel

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

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cudgel

verb

Definition of cudgel

cudgeled or cudgelled; cudgeling or cudgelling play \ˈkəj-liŋ, ˈkə-jə-\
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)

Origin and Etymology of cudgel

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CUDGEL Defined for English Language Learners

cudgel

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noun

Definition of cudgel for English Language Learners

  • : a short heavy club


cudgel

verb

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

:a short heavy club

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cudgel

verb

Definition of cudgel for Students

cudgeled or cudgelled; cudgeling or cudgelling
:to beat with or as if with a short heavy club


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