Origin of cudgelMiddle English (SW dialect, dialectal ) kuggel ; from Old English cycgel, literally , club with rounded head, akin to German kugel, ball ; from Indo-European base an unverified form geu-, to curve, bend from source cod
take up the cudgels (for)
transitive verbcudg·eled, cudg·el·ing, cudg·els or cudg·elled or cudg·el·ling
Origin of cudgelMiddle English cuggel, from Old English cycgel.
- A short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.
- The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly and looked at the inmates. The threat to swing glinted in his eye.
- To strike with a cudgel.
- The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
- To exercise (one's wits or brains).
From Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel (“a large stick, cudgel”), from Proto-Germanic *kuggilaz (“knobbed instrument”), derivative of Proto-Germanic *kuggōn (“cog, swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *geugʰ- (“swelling, bow”), from Proto-Indo-European *geu-, *gū- (“to bow, bend, arch, curve”). Cognate with Middle Dutch coghele (“stick with a rounded end”). Related to cog.