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Meaning of CUDGEL

Pronunciation:  'kujul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a club that is used as a weapon
  2. [v]  strike with a cudgel

CUDGEL is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: bastinado, club, hit, shillalah, shillelagh



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 stick used as a
          He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and . . .
          falls to rating of them as if they were dogs. --Bunyan.
    {Cudgel play}, a fight or sportive contest with cudgels.
    {To cross the cudgels}, to forbear or give up the contest; --
       a phrase borrowed from the practice of cudgel players, who
       lay one cudgel over another when the contest is ended.
    {To take up cudgels for}, to engage in a contest in behalf of
       (some one or something).
  2. \Cudg"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cudgeled} or {Cudgelled}
    (-?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cudgeling} or {cudgelling}.]
    To beat with a cudgel.
          An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog. --Shak.
    {To cudgel one's brains}, to exercise one's wits.
Thesaurus Terms
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