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dud·​geon | \ ˈdə-jən How to pronounce dudgeon (audio) \

Definition of dudgeon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : a wood used especially for dagger hilts
2a archaic : a dagger with a handle of dudgeon
b obsolete : a haft made of dudgeon


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Definition of dudgeon (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

First Known Use of dudgeon

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1573, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dudgeon

Noun (1)

Middle English dogeon, from Anglo-French digeon, dogeon

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Dudgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dudgeon. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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