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)



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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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 Miller expects to see growth in the low teens this winter, as people huddle up at home. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Home improvement projects boom while we’re stuck at home during coronavirus pandemic," 9 Nov. 2020 More outdoor seating will be available with patio heaters and fire pits to huddle around. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 McSally was to huddle with family and her campaign team at a hotel in Phoenix. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Race between Martha McSally, Mark Kelly could decide which party controls U.S. Senate," 3 Nov. 2020 In high school, my friends and I would huddle around tables at IHOP on weekend nights. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime of Pancakes, and Jamaican Banana Fritters," 29 Oct. 2020 Armenians huddle in a basement as Azerbaijani rockets rain down upon the city of Stepanakert. Daniel Sneider, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nagorno-Karabakh: A reporter’s regretful recollections," 26 Oct. 2020 Visitors stand six feet apart in the shallow waves or huddle under a beach umbrella with their children, far from other families. Beth Thames |, al, "Virtual road trips are better than none at all," 21 Oct. 2020 For two days, my friends took every free moment to huddle together and gossip about their virtual friends in the 3DS life-simulation game Tomodachi Life. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Surprisingly Social Legacy of the Nintendo 3DS," 17 Sep. 2020 Delegates can’t huddle in the back of the room to cut deals, but observers can see them in private settings. Washington Post, "Live from someone’s kitchen: Virginia’s virtual House of Delegates," 30 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Steelers have started off sluggish in each of their past two weeks, relying heavily on a no-huddle, five-wide set by Roethlisberger to spark second-half rallies. Mark Heim |, al, "Bengals vs. Steelers live stream (11/15): How to watch NFL Week 10 online, TV, time," 15 Nov. 2020 Stopping the spread and no-huddle offenses in the modern era is what this defense is supposed to do best. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football mailbag: What qualifies as a good season in Year 1 of Mel Tucker?," 13 Nov. 2020 Rivers and Reich ran the no-huddle together extensively for three seasons in San Diego. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Even halfway through season, outburst vs. Titans proves there's hope for Colts' offense," 13 Nov. 2020 Have a daily and weekly huddle to map out conference calls, kid pickups, distance-learning assistance and who needs privacy when. Washington Post, "Sharing a home office with your partner? Here’s how to keep the peace.," 12 Nov. 2020 Ibrahim was back again with 24 seconds left until halftime, this time with some rugby-like help from his offensive line, who helped push the huddle across the threshold for a 2-yard touchdown. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers cruise to first victory of the season, pounding Illinois 41-14," 7 Nov. 2020 If one chick moves even a little in one direction, all the chicks in the huddle follow. Laura Erickson, Popular Science, "Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart," 6 Nov. 2020 Though Spalding will continue to rely on its no-huddle, spread offense and on Jayon Venerable and four other top tailbacks, the Cavaliers aim to throw the ball more this fall, calling on Wheatley and others for air support. Katherine Fominykh,, "Baltimore-area high school football preview: Season to kick off in abbreviated fashion," 4 Nov. 2020 Empower Texans leader Michael Quinn Sullivan secretly recorded their Capitol huddle of June 2019. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Republicans roar back, defending Texas House hopefuls with seven-figure wads of cash," 27 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'huddle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of huddle was in 1579

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Huddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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



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


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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