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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun huddle has 2 senses

Verb huddle has 2 senses


huddlev. i. [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.  [1913 Webster]
    "The cattle huddled on the lea."  [1913 Webster]
    "Huddling together on the public square . . . like a herd of panic-struck deer."  [1913 Webster]
huddlev. t. 
  •  To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system.  [1913 Webster]
    "Our adversary, huddling several suppositions together, . . . makes a medley and confusion."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  J. H. Newman.  [1913 Webster]
    "Let him forescat his work with timely care,
    Which else is huddled when the skies are fair.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Now, in all haste, they huddle on
    Their hoods, their cloaks, and get them gone.
    "  [1913 Webster]
     A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion.  Addison.  [1913 Webster]


huddle, v. & n.
1 tr. & intr. (often foll. by up) crowd together; nestle closely.
2 intr. & refl. (often foll. by up) coil one's body into a small space.
3 tr. Brit. heap together in a muddle.
1 a confused or crowded mass of people or things.
2 colloq. a close or secret conference (esp. in go into a huddle).
3 confusion, bustle.

16th c.: perh. f. LG and ult. rel. to HIDE(3)



around, assemble, ataxia, audience, bargaining, bargaining session, bunch, bunch up, chaos, clasp, cling to, clot, clump, cluster, clutter, collect, come together, conclave, confab, confabulation, confer, conference, confrontation, congregate, congress, consult, consultation, convention, converge, copulate, council, council fire, council of war, couple, crowd, date, disarray, discuss, discussion, disorder, exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, flock together, flow together, follow close upon, forgather, fuse, gang around, gang up, gather, gather around, go with, group, hang about, herd, herd together, high-level talk, hive, horde, hover over, hug, hug the shore, hunch, interchange of views, interview, keep close to, league, lie by, link, march with, mass, meet, meeting, merge, mill, muddle, muster, negotiations, nestle, news conference, pack, palaver, parley, pourparler, powwow, press conference, rally, rally around, rendezvous, seance, seethe, session, sitting, snarl, stand by, stay inshore, stay near, stream, summit, summit conference, summitry, surge, swarm, tailgate, throng, topsy-turviness, treat, unite




N disorder, derangement, irregularity, anomaly, anarchy, anarchism, want of method, untidiness, disunion, discord, confusion, confusedness, mishmash, mix, disarray, jumble, huddle, litter, lumber, cahotage, farrago, mess, mash, muddle, muss, hash, hodgepodge, hotch-potch, hotch-pot, imbroglio, chaos, omnium gatherum, medley, mere mixture, fortuitous concourse of atoms, disjecta membra, rudis indigestaque moles, complexity, turmoil, ferment, to-do, trouble, pudder, pother, row, rumble, disturbance, hubbub, convulsion, tumult, uproar, revolution, riot, rumpus, stour, scramble, brawl, fracas, rhubarb, fight, free-for-all, row, ruction, rumpus, embroilment, melee, spill and pelt, rough and tumble, whirlwind, bear garden, Babel, Saturnalia, donnybrook, Donnybrook Fair, confusion worse confounded, most admired disorder, concordia discors, Bedlam, all hell broke loose, bull in a china shop, all the fat in the fire, diable a' quatre, Devil to pay, pretty kettle of fish, pretty piece of work, pretty piece of business, disorderly person, disorderly persons offence, misdemeanor, slattern, slut (libertine), disorderly, orderless, out of order, out of place, out of gear, irregular, desultory, anomalous, acephalous, deranged, aimless, disorganized, straggling, unmethodical, immethodical, unsymmetric, unsystematic, untidy, slovenly, dislocated, out of sorts, promiscuous, indiscriminate, chaotic, anarchical, unarranged &c (arrange), confused, deranged, topsy-turvy, shapeless, disjointed, out of joint, troublous, riotous, complex, irregularly, by fits, by fits and snatches, by fits and starts, pellmell, higgledy-piggledy, helter-skelter, harum-scarum, in a ferment, at sixes and sevens, at cross-purposes, upside down, the cart before the horse, hysteron proteron, chaos is come again, the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.


VB derange, disarrange, misarrange, displace, misplace, mislay, discompose, disorder, deorganize, discombobulate, disorganize, embroil, unsettle, disturb, confuse, trouble, perturb, jumble, tumble, shuffle, randomize, huddle, muddle, toss, hustle, fumble, riot, bring into disorder, put into disorder, throw into disorder, muss, break the ranks, disconcert, convulse, break in upon, unhinge, dislocate, put out of joint, throw out of gear, turn topsy-turvy, bedevil, complicate, involve, perplex, confound, imbrangle, embrangle, tangle, entangle, ravel, tousle, towzle, dishevel, ruffle, rumple, litter, scatter, mix, rearrange.


VB assemble, collect, muster, meet, unite, join, rejoin, cluster, flock, swarm, surge, stream, herd, crowd, throng, associate, congregate, conglomerate, concentrate, precipitate, center round, rendezvous, resort, come together, flock get together, pig together, forgather, huddle, reassemble, assemble, muster, bring together, get together, put together, draw together, scrape together, lump together, collect, collocate, colligate, get, whip in, gather, hold a meeting, convene, convoke, convocate, rake up, dredge, heap, mass, pile, pack, put up, truss, cram, acervate, agglomerate, aggregate, compile, group, aggroup, concentrate, unite, collect into a focus, bring into a focus, amass, accumulate, collect in a dragnet, heap Ossa upon Pelion.


VB assemble, gather together, meet (assemblage), confer, caucus, hold council, huddle.


VB be near, adjoin, hang about, trench on, border upon, verge upon, stand by, approximate, tread on the heels of, cling to, clasp, hug, huddle, hang upon the skirts of, hover over, burn, touch, bring near, draw near, converge, crowd, place side by side.

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