huddle

verb
hud·​dle | \ ˈhə-dᵊl How to pronounce huddle (audio) \
huddled; huddling\ ˈhəd-​liŋ How to pronounce huddling (audio) , ˈhə-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of huddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 British : to arrange carelessly or hurriedly the solemnities had to be huddled through at express speedManchester Examiner
2a : to crowd together Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free …— Emma Lazarus
b : to draw (oneself) together : crouch People were huddled around their radios.
3 : to wrap oneself closely in huddled her coat around her

intransitive verb

1a : to gather in a close-packed group They huddled around the campfire.
b : to curl up : crouch Students huddled over their desks.
2a : to hold a consultation huddled to discuss the proposal
b football : to gather away from the line of scrimmage to receive instructions (as from the quarterback) for the next down (see down entry 5 sense 3b) : to gather in a huddle (see huddle entry 2 sense 2b)

huddle

noun

Definition of huddle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a close-packed group : bunch huddles of children a huddle of cottages
2a : meeting, conference The boss is in a huddle with the marketing director.
b football : a brief gathering of players away from the line of scrimmage to receive instructions (as from the quarterback) for the next down (see down entry 5 sense 3b)

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Other Words from huddle

Verb

huddler \ ˈhəd-​lər How to pronounce huddler (audio) , ˈhə-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of huddle in a Sentence

Verb

We huddled around the campfire. The sheep huddled together for warmth. The students huddled over their desks. Union representatives are huddling to discuss the proposal.

Noun

sheep standing in a huddle The boss is in a huddle with the marketing director. The quarterback called the offense into a huddle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Paul Bäumer huddling in a shell hole with a dying Frenchman. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘Spearhead’ Review: Beyond the Front Lines," 15 Feb. 2019 Now the young doctor is often shaken awake by a nightmare in which his kids are huddling at the bottom of a cliff, their faces smudged with dirt, calling to him to hoist them up. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018 Flamingos huddling in the bathroom of the then-Miami Metrozoo. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Now that we agree these flamingos are Florida natives, it's time to protect them, experts say," 22 June 2018 As the show draws to a close, the artists regroup in a press room where some of them change into slippers before huddling together to watch the final performances. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 They’ve been seen huddling together, charting out a path forward. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Senate bloc that could decide Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation," 3 Oct. 2018 Here are some highlights: YSL MODELS WALK ON WATER Stars such as Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Matt Dillon and Salma Hayek huddled together in front of 10 giant white palm trees as the Eiffel Tower sparkled at the stroke of 8 p.m. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Officers found the nine other children huddled together amid filth, prosecutors said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Prosecutor: California children waterboarded, shot with crossbows and BB guns," 16 May 2018 The passengers spent two nights huddled together in the aircraft with basic gear, such as sleeping bags, a stove and food. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "The best way to see Alaska: By air," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are huddles of the Spanish delicacy percebes (goose barnacles); clusters of indigo mussels clinging to black metamorphic nobs. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 And the Cavaliers were committing so many turnovers that coach Tony Bennett’s frustration bubbled over in the huddle. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Guy, No. 4 Virginia rally past No. 8 North Carolina 69-61," 12 Feb. 2019 Near Court 21, Krysta leaned into a huddle with her team from the Absolute Volleyball Academy, based in Dickinson, Texas. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Volleyball player finds light in darkness on court after deadly crash," 1 July 2018 Manning stepped into the huddle to address the full squad after practice ended. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Broncos listen up to Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware as they seek to rediscover mojo," 31 May 2018 Trump quickly reversed course to back the bill and swooped into the Capitol for a late huddle Tuesday with Republicans. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Trump tweet complicates House GOP efforts to pass immigration legislation," 21 June 2018 Many did drugs; some smoked cigarettes on the sidelines and even in the huddle. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, "‘Football for a Buck’ Review: In a League of Their Own," 13 Sep. 2018 Lorenzo Morello raced from center field to join the huddle in front of the Washington Township dugout. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Lorenzo Morello leads way for Washington Twp. baseball," 23 Mar. 2018 The issue didn't even surface at a House Republican Conference meeting or the Senate GOP leadership huddle on Monday evening. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s increasingly confrontational approach to Mueller enabled by congressional GOP timidity," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of huddle

Verb

1579, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for huddle

Verb and Noun

probably from or akin to Middle English hoderen to huddle

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More Definitions for huddle

huddle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of huddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to come close together in a group
: to sit or lie in a curled or bent position
: to come together to talk about something privately

huddle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of huddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a group of people or things that are close to each other
: a private discussion or meeting
American football : a group of players who have gathered away from the line of scrimmage for a short time to hear instructions for the next play

huddle

verb
hud·​dle | \ ˈhə-dᵊl How to pronounce huddle (audio) \
huddled; huddling

Kids Definition of huddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to crowd, push, or pile together People huddled in a doorway until the rain stopped.
2 : to get together to talk something over
3 : to sit or lie in a curled or bent position

huddle

noun

Kids Definition of huddle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a closely packed group Sheep stood in a huddle.
2 : a private meeting or conference
3 : a brief gathering of football players to hear instructions for the next play

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