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dudgeon

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noun dud·geon \ˈdə-jən\

Definition of dudgeon

  1. 1 obsolete :  a wood used especially for dagger hilts

  2. 2a archaic :  a dagger with a handle of dudgeonb obsolete :  a haft made of dudgeon

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Origin and Etymology of dudgeon

Middle English dogeon, from Anglo-French digeon, dogeon


First Known Use: 15th century


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dudgeon

noun dud·geon

Definition of dudgeon

  1. :  a fit or state of indignation —often used in the phrase in high dudgeon

Origin and Etymology of dudgeon

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1573

Synonym Discussion of dudgeon

offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure. takes deep offense at racial slurs resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will. harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives. took umbrage at the offer of advice pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity. in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation. stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause. in a huff he slammed the door




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