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 The Thorns came together in a team huddle to try to regroup following the third goal, but the game was already lost. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Thorns suffer worst loss in club history with first place in NWSL on the line," 12 Sep. 2019 The incident took place in Norman's house while her two young daughters, Katrina and Shawanna, huddled in a back bedroom. CBS News, "Condemned Tennessee inmate spared execution over alleged "legal injustice" at 1987 trial," 30 Aug. 2019 Last week, Leroux attended training with Cassius, breaking the team huddle down at the end of the practice. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Sydney Leroux returns to training with Orlando Pride five weeks after pregnancy," 8 Aug. 2019 Just two days after Chappaquiddick, the United States landed a spacecraft on the moon, and two Americans took a majestic, unprecedented walk on the lunar surface that left the entire world huddled in speechlessness. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas author warns about Apollo 11 moon landing hoax theories, but says we can and will go back," 16 July 2019 While the group huddled in silence, several cars flew past, heading east toward Pasadena. James Faris, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Demonstrators gather in La Cañada in protest of immigrant detention centers," 15 July 2019 The group huddles in a small room on a few couches and watches videos about the spotlighting program and how the ferrets are caught before meeting at a trailer parked off old Route 66. Andrew Nicla,, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 Pam went to visit Daniel after work and found him downstairs in Video Hut, huddled up in his coat, watching CBS with his landlord, Victor. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 In it, the student told the band leaders about huddling in a car two nights earlier. Keith Bierygolick,, "How charges of 'inappropriate touching' divided a band, parents and the City of Mason," 11 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Offensive coordinator Brad Salem sent in a play quickly, and Lewerke and Co. turned and went back to form a huddle. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Explaining how Michigan State, Mark Dantonio cracked in loss to Arizona State," 15 Sep. 2019 The cramped editing suite opens directly onto a dark corridor, typically clogged with a huddle of timid teenagers lining up for an audition and a shot at stardom. New York Times, "A Music Genre Grows in Zimbabwe, Fueled by Rage Against Authority," 7 Sep. 2019 As the rain pelted the historic neighborhood of East Charleston on Wednesday afternoon, a woman carrying groceries trudged past a huddle of men slouching in metal chairs under an awning of a brick apartment complex. Los Angeles Times, "Death toll rises to 20 in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian regains strength and threatens the Carolinas," 4 Sep. 2019 After that died down, coach Vic Fangio gathered the entire team at midfield for a huddle. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Tensions boil over at Broncos camp as Courtland Sutton, Emmanuel Sanders scuffle," 5 Aug. 2019 There was a pre-taping huddle to discuss the finalists. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump racial-slur allegations resurface in new book 'The Method to the Madness'," 8 July 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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31 Oct 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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