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

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Nor had Sumlin huddled with Noel Mazzone and the other offensive coaches. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats football: 5 takeaways from loss to USC Trojans," 21 Oct. 2019 Kerr will huddle with his assistants the next day, ponder how the play might need to be tweaked for his roster and decide whether install it. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors’ Steve Kerr and other coaches, it’s honor among thieves," 19 Oct. 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted calls for impeachment proceedings for months, was huddling with her caucus in a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, "Trump ordered Ukraine’s aid frozen; more Democrats want impeachment," 24 Sep. 2019 Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will huddle with business organization and government officials in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama trade mission headed to Arabian peninsula," 20 Sep. 2019 IU Insider Zach Osterman huddles with Chronic Hoosier for yet another week, discussing the good and the bad from Indiana’s Week 1 win against Ball State, and what Jordan Geronimo’s commitment means for Archie Miller going forward. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Why Kane Wommack is the man Tom Allen handpicked to run IU's defense," 6 Sep. 2019 The Liverpool players all huddled up with excitement, before a fan tried to join in the fun., "8 Freak Injuries Which Sidelined Players Completely Out of Nowhere," 16 Aug. 2019 When the Ravens and Jaguars were done with their intrasquad drills Monday afternoon, Lamar Jackson huddled with his offense, looked over Jacksonville’s defense and handed the ball off. Jonas Shaffer,, "The Ravens want to ‘get medieval’ on defenses. Fullback Patrick Ricard thinks he can help.," 6 Aug. 2019 Even with a typhoon approaching the city and rain lashing down, many of them, huddled beneath umbrellas, stayed on to show solidarity. NBC News, "Hong Kong charges 44 protesters with rioting," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bears went no huddle from the second snap of the game and leaned on it a good deal. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Bears’ 31-15 win over the Redskins in Week 3," 24 Sep. 2019 Even no huddle, outside of a two-minute drill, is more about getting to the line and preventing subs. Dan Labbe,, "What’s holding the Browns’ offense back? A closer look at Monday night’s win over the Jets," 19 Sep. 2019 Lindsay had enough, ripping into the offense before the huddle broke. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos training camp rewind, Day 13: S Kareem Jackson shines with two interceptions," 5 Aug. 2019 But after the chorus of voices sang the last note, the huddle lingered. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Ricky resign!': Milwaukee Puerto Rican community​ stands in solidarity with island protests," 22 July 2019 The city's homeless huddle there now on the coldest nights., "The night Nat King Cole was beaten on a Birmingham stage," 11 Jan. 2018 The discombobulated performance against the Packers triggered introspection and evaluation that will lead to a better run/pass balance, improved efficiency in and out of the huddle and a steadier focus on fundamentals. Dan Wiederer,, "Can the Bears beat the Broncos in Denver on Sunday? Our writers make their picks.," 14 Sep. 2019 At the end of the practice Trey Leonard, the only player on the team from Iowa, stepped into the middle of the huddle and repeated the mantra the Cardinals have had all year. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville goes back to high school to prepare for dirt field at College World Series," 13 June 2019 Auburn uses a lot of different variations of its formations, unbalanced offensive lines, sugar huddles, pre-snap motions and other means of deception and distraction to try and impact opposing defense. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Isaac Slade-Matautia earns praise in debut as Oregon Ducks’ starting middle linebacker," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of huddle was in 1579

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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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