cudgel

  • 1 Cudgel — Cudg el (k?j ?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), kugel ball, or perh. W. cogyl cudgel, or D. cudse, kuds, cudgel.] A staff used in cudgel play, shorter than the quarterstaff, and wielded with one hand; hence, any heavy… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Cudgel — Cudg el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cudgeled} or {Cudgelled} ( ?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cudgeling} or {cudgelling}.] To beat with a cudgel. [1913 Webster] An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog. Shak. [1913 Webster] {To cudgel one s brains}, to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 cudgel — ► NOUN ▪ a short thick stick used as a weapon. ► VERB (cudgelled, cudgelling; US cudgeled, cudgeling) ▪ beat with a cudgel. ● cudgel one s brain Cf. ↑cudgel one s brain …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 cudgel — [kuj′əl] n. [ME (SW dial.) kuggel < OE cycgel, lit., club with rounded head, akin to Ger kugel, ball < IE base * geu , to curve, bend > COD2] a short, thick stick or club vt. cudgeled or cudgelled, cudgeling or cudgelling to beat with a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 cudgel — I noun arm, baculum, bar, bastinado, bat, battering ram, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, cane, club, cosh, deadly device, deadly weapon, deterrent, ferule, fustis, instrument for use in combat, instrument of war, lethal instrument, lethal weapon,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 cudgel — [n] baton for hitting bastinado, bat, billy*, billyclub, birch, blackjack, bludgeon, cane, club, cosh*, ferule, mace, nightstick, paddle, rod, sap, shill, shillelagh, spontoon, stick, switch, truncheon; concept 500 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 cudgel — {{11}}cudgel (n.) O.E. cycgel club with rounded head; perhaps from PIE root *geu to curve, bend. {{12}}cudgel (v.) to beat with a cudgel, 1590s, from CUDGEL (Cf. cudgel) (n.). Related: Cudgeled; cudgeling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 cudgel — I UK [ˈkʌdʒ(ə)l] / US [ˈkʌdʒəl] noun [countable] Word forms cudgel : singular cudgel plural cudgels a short thick stick used for hitting people • take up the cudgels II UK [ˈkʌdʒ(ə)l] / US [ˈkʌdʒəl] verb [transitive] Word forms cudgel : present… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 cudgel — cudg|el1 [ kʌdʒəl ] noun count a short thick stick used for hitting people take up the cudgels to take action to support or defend a person, idea, political movement, etc. cudgel cudg|el 2 [ kʌdʒəl ] verb transitive to hit someone hard and… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 cudgel — cudgeler; esp. Brit., cudgeller, n. /kuj euhl/, n., v., cudgeled, cudgeling, or (esp. Brit.) cudgelled, cudgelling. n. 1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club. 2. take up the cudgels, to come to the defense or aid of someone or something.… …

    Universalium

  • 11 cudgel — 1. noun a short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly at the inmates, the threat to swing glinted in his eye. Syn: club 2. verb to strike someone with a cudgel The officer was violently cu …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 cudgel — [ kʌdʒ(ə)l] noun a short, thick stick used as a weapon. verb (cudgels, cudgelling, cudgelled; US cudgels, cudgeling, cudgeled) beat with a cudgel. Phrases cudgel one s brain Brit. think har …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 cudgel — 1 noun 1 (C) a short thick stick used as a weapon 2 take up the cudgels to start to fight for an idea that you believe in 2 verb (T) 1 to hit someone with a cudgel 2 cudgel your brains to think very hard about something …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 cudgel — cudg•el [[t]ˈkʌdʒ əl[/t]] n. v. eled, el•ing, (esp. brit.) elled, el•ling. 1) a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club 2) to strike with a cudgel; beat • cudgel one s brains Etymology: bef. 900; ME cuggel, OE cycgel …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 cudgel — /ˈkʌdʒəl / (say kujuhl) noun 1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; a club. –verb (t) (cudgelled or, US, cudgeled, cudgelling or, US, cudgeling) 2. to strike with a cudgel; beat. –phrase 3. cudgel one s brains …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 cudgel — n. & v. n. a short thick stick used as a weapon. v.tr. (cudgelled, cudgelling; US cudgeled, cudgeling) beat with a cudgel. Phrases and idioms: cudgel one s brains think hard about a problem. take up the cudgels (often foll. by for) make a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 cudgel — I. noun Etymology: Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel; perhaps akin to Middle High German kugele ball Date: before 12th century a short heavy club II. transitive verb ( geled or gelled; geling or cudgelling) Date: 1596 t …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 cudgel — [[t]kʌ̱ʤ(ə)l[/t]] cudgels 1) N COUNT A cudgel is a thick, short stick that is used as a weapon. 2) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR for/against n If you take up the cudgels for someone or something, you speak or fight in support of them. The trade… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 cudgel — I. n. Club, bludgeon. II. v. a. Cane, drub, thrash, baste, beat with a cudgel. See beat …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 cudgel — 1. noun a thick wooden cudgel Syn: club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, mace, blackjack, billy club, nightstick, shillelagh 2. verb the victim was cudgeled to death Syn: bludgeon, club, beat, batter …

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