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huddle

play
verb hud·dle \ ˈhə-dᵊl \

Definition of huddle

huddled; huddling play \ˈhəd-liŋ, ˈhə-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 British :to arrange carelessly or hurriedly
  • the solemnities had to be huddled through at express speed
  • Manchester Examiner
2 a :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
1 a :to gather in a close-packed group
  • They huddled around the campfire.
b :to curl up :crouch
  • Students huddled over their desks.
2 a :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 5down 3b) :to gather in a huddle (see 2huddle 2b)

huddler

play \ˈhəd-lər, ˈhə-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of huddle in a Sentence

  1. We huddled around the campfire.

  2. The sheep huddled together for warmth.

  3. The students huddled over their desks.

  4. Union representatives are huddling to discuss the proposal.

Recent Examples of huddle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of huddle

probably from or akin to Middle English hoderen to huddle


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huddle

noun

Definition of huddle

1 :a close-packed group :bunch
  • huddles of children
  • a huddle of cottages
2 a :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 5down 3b)

Examples of huddle in a Sentence

  1. sheep standing in a huddle

  2. The boss is in a huddle with the marketing director.

  3. The quarterback called the offense into a huddle.

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Origin and Etymology of huddle

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HUDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

huddle

play
verb

Definition of huddle for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of huddle for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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huddle

play
verb hud·dle \ ˈhə-dᵊl \

Definition of huddle for Students

huddled; huddling
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

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huddle

noun

Definition of huddle for Students

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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