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)

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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 New York's frustration was evident when Reggie Bullock picked up a technical in the closing minutes after lingering near the Hawks huddle heading into a timeout. Paul Newerry, ajc, 30 May 2021 Small bands of fire engines peel off to contend with flareups - or, in brief moments of calm, huddle together for firefighters to take a rest or find something to eat. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Furthermore, many experts expect cases to rise again in the fall and winter, when kids return to school and adults huddle indoors to escape the worsening weather and Britain's long nights. NBC News, 4 Aug. 2021 And after being introduced as a starter to a roar from the crowd, Davis walked into the players’ pregame huddle instead of leaping into it — breaking his typical pregame routine. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 The night the rains came, all Yu Ruiping could do was huddle in her market stall. Dake Kang, ajc, 30 July 2021 The night the rains came, all Yu Ruiping could do was huddle in her market stall. Dake Kang, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 There was nowhere to take cover, but the only other reporter waiting offered me a spot to huddle under his umbrella. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Take time to huddle up your tribe, take time to communicate and know your power. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This summer, Jones shined when the Patriots coaching staff put him in a no-huddle or 2-minute drill situation -- the rookie had to react quickly on every play. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2021 An event where artists mingle with athletes; where people sing atop tables and huddle in bathrooms; where supermodels dance around a pharaoh’s tomb—and thousands upon thousands of pictures are taken, many by the attendees themselves. Marley Mariu, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2021 Auburn didn’t exactly live up to Malzahn’s hurry up, no-huddle reputation last season on offense, running 70.4 plays per game. Christopher Smith, al, 2 Sep. 2021 And so Gabriel comes into his junior season as a Heisman Trophy candidate and the choreographer of new coach Gus Malzahn’s famous no-huddle, up-tempo offense. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Aug. 2021 In their postgame huddle, Chardon coaches told their players expect to see Glenville competing deep into the Division IV playoffs. Matt Goul, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense got in and out of the huddle and to the line of scrimmage much faster. oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2021 For Burrow, getting in the huddle and having his teammates get used to hearing him make play calls is important. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 26 Aug. 2021 Brown saw her chance to step up and be a strong voice in the huddle and took it. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 18 Aug. 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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21 Sep 2021

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“Huddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/huddle. Accessed 22 Sep. 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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