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



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)

Other Words from huddle


huddler \ ˈhəd-​lər How to pronounce huddle (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Coconut cream pies huddle with date-nut bread to gossip about pineapple upside-down cake. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 24 May 2022 After all, an event that brings a few hundred international TV buyers to Los Angeles to huddle for a week in small screening rooms is pretty much the opposite of social distancing. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 20 May 2022 Many Ukrainian civilians continue to huddle underground in basements and other structures. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 Its namesake is a community about twenty miles upriver from New Orleans, where suburban ranch houses huddle beneath an Oz-like petrochemical complex. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2022 Young lion cubs are plentiful, and small elephants huddle by their mothers, who bristle preemptively at the sound of a jeep. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2022 Downstairs in their basement headquarters, Sunflower Bean huddle together to watch Cumming smash a beer bottle over someone’s head in a mosh pit. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2022 Thousands huddle in basements, sheltering from the Russian shells pounding this strategic port on the Azov Sea. Yuras Karmanau,, 9 Mar. 2022 Thousands huddle in basements, trembling at the sound of Russian shells pounding their city. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The coach sends the call to the players in the huddle. Noah Smith, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Lowry, putting a period on his game-opening statement, provided the assist for the stat sheet and a separate one in the huddle. New York Times, 22 May 2022 Palmer said Herbert first called the play in the huddle and then made a point to refresh everyone’s memory because so much time had passed. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Michigan basketball and Michigan State basketball in the same huddle, aiming to help the other win a trophy. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2022 The new Poly Studio R30 is built for huddle rooms or small group spaces, two terms that Poly uses interchangeably. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Offensively, the first few sessions featured a lot of NASCAR tempo, known more colloquially as no-huddle. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 From the meeting room to the weight room to the huddle, first-year players got a crash course in how the Bears will conduct business. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2022 Just minutes into Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey shoved a teammate during a brief altercation in a huddle. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of huddle


1579, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


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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“Huddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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



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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