Hud"dle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Huddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Huddling (?).] [Cf. OE. hoderen, hodren, to cover, keep, warm; perh. akin to OE. huden, hiden, to hide, E. hide, and orig. meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Cf. Hide to conceal.]

To press together promiscuously, from confusion, apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.

The cattle huddled on the lea. Tennyson.

Huddling together on the public square . . . like a herd of panic-struck deer. Prescott.


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Hud"dle, v. t.


To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system.

Our adversary, huddling several suppositions together, . . . makes a medley and confusion. Locke.


To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do imperfectly; -- usually with a following preposition or adverb; as, to huddle on; to huddle up; to huddle together.

"Huddle up a peace."

J. H. Newman.

Let him forescat his work with timely care, Which else is huddled when the skies are fair. Dryden.

Now, in all haste, they huddle on Their hoods, their cloaks, and get them gone. Swift.


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Hud"dle, n.

A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion.

"A huddle of ideas."



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