huddle

verb
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)

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)

Other Words from huddle

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the photo, a beleaguered-seeming Bessie Fontenelle and four of her children huddle at a local social services office called the Poverty Board. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 As 25,000 delegates from around the world pile into negotiating rooms, cram into security queues and huddle over texts, the threat of covid-19 is always present. Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2021 Women huddle around the neighborhood well, traditionally where news is passed, while traitors listen in. Rick Steves, chicagotribune.com, 21 Oct. 2021 There, labor unions huddle with associations of employers representing industries in collective bargaining sessions, with the tacit understanding that workers are entitled to a fair share of the growth. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Others huddle together under blankets to watch a documentary projected onto a portable screen. Michelle H., refinery29.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Biden's schedule this week has been almost entirely given over to meetings with lawmakers, who have traveled to the White House in groups and individually to huddle with the President in the Oval Office. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Biden first conferred with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., while the White House's communications team headed to Capitol Hill to huddle with other House Democrats. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2021 Biden was also meeting separately with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the White House’s communications team headed to Capitol Hill to huddle with other House Democrats. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An exasperated Hurley looked irate in the huddle during a subsequent media timeout at the 15:40 mark. Shreyas Laddha, courant.com, 30 Nov. 2021 But Bryan Harsin was pleased with his leadership on the sideline and in the huddle. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 21 Nov. 2021 Goff appeared uncomfortable at times on the sideline and in the huddle, often throwing between breaks in the action. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2021 Mayfield will benefit greatly from having Contagious — Jarvis Landry — in the huddle with him for the first time since they both got injured in Week 2. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 28 Oct. 2021 Stephen Carr likes to say a joke to McCulley while in the huddle. Matt Cohen, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Oct. 2021 When the shootout ended, the Chargers’ star receiver, Williams, revealed what was being said in the huddle. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 Parsons wore a green dot at Tampa in Week 1 and was primarily responsible for relaying defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s play calls to his teammates in the huddle. Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 To be able to do that day in and day out says a lot about his ability to learn, his ability to think quickly and break the huddle. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 30 July 2021

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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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Last Updated

2 Dec 2021

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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
: 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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