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)



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 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 clip, individuals try to catch the pooch on their own before several people huddle around the dog, retrieve the ball and escort the furry fielder off the pitch. Kelli Bender,, 14 Sep. 2021 In another, two children huddle against each other. Kim Chandler, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 In this week’s episode, Omar Kelly and Dave Hyde huddle over the culture the Dolphins are trying to build, whether quarterback Tua Tagovailoa can become a South Florida legend, and the need for receivers to step up. Dave Hyde,, 16 Sep. 2021 In Kobamirafo, which is in Androy, children huddle over a basket of prickly pear cactus fruit. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Ida could potentially make Louisiana’s already bad Covid-19 crisis a whole lot worse because people were forced to huddle in crowded shelters before the storm and many are now staying there indefinitely because their homes are wrecked. NBC News, 30 Aug. 2021 In another sample, from the British Museum, four plump insects — two butterflies and two bees — huddle in a circle, deep in conversation. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 The moms and adult volunteers huddle around the tables during workshops as closely as the girls do, cracking jokes and stifling laughter in quiet moments. Julianna Morano, Dallas News, 22 June 2021 In Raifman’s photographs, three gray cygnets huddle together on the back of the adult swan, which raises its wings on either side to form a cradle., 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But as the players exited the huddle and finally got into position, just three seconds remained on the play clock. Tim Schwartz,, 27 Sep. 2021 As the offense broke the huddle, the plan was to run the ball. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2021 Companies need to start reallocating office space to hybrid huddle rooms to accommodate a blended workforce. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Anzalone wears the green-dot helmet and relays play calls inside the huddle and seems likely to stay on the field for nearly every defensive snap. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep. 2021 In the pre-shootout huddle, not much needed to be discussed, Hogan said. oregonlive, 19 Aug. 2021 Williams, who signed a six-year, $138.6 million deal in March, managed his way to the sideline under his own power and joined the team-wide huddle when practice closed minutes later. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021 The 33-year-old quarterback is here only temporarily, a placeholder until Fields is deemed ready to take over the huddle. Dan Wiederer,, 9 Aug. 2021 After the huddle broke Saleh stood near Clark as the medical staff tended to him. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021

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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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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
: 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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