Young football players in a huddle.
- The definition of a huddle is a crowded mess of people or things, or is a group of people crowded together for a private conversation.
A group of football players on the field with their heads bent close together so they can have a private talk about their next play is an example of a huddle.
- Huddle is defined as to crowd together, or to curl up closely.
- When football players gather around and put their heads together to whisper about their next play, this is an example of when they huddle.
- When you are cold and you pull your knees up tight against your chest and wrap your arms around them, curling into a little ball, this is an example of when you huddle.
intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to crowd, push, or nestle close together, as cows do in a storm
- to draw the limbs close to the body, as from cold: to huddle under a blanket
- Informal to hold a private, informal conference
- Football to gather in a huddle
Origin of huddleorigin, originally (16th circa ), to put out of sight from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Middle English hudel, variant, variety of hidel, a hiding place from Old English hydel from hydan, hide
- to crowd close together
- to hunch or draw (oneself) up
- to do, put, or make hastily and carelessly
- to push or thrust in a hurried or disordered manner
- a confused crowd or heap of persons or things
- confusion; muddle; jumble
- Informal a private, informal conference
- Football a grouping of a team behind the line of scrimmage to receive signals before a play
- A densely packed group or crowd, as of people or animals.
- Football A brief gathering of a team's players behind the line of scrimmage to receive instructions for the next play.
- A small private conference or meeting.
verbhud·dled, hud·dling, hud·dles
- To crowd together, as from cold or fear.
- To draw or curl one's limbs close to one's body: huddled under the blanket while watching television.
- Football To gather in a huddle.
- Informal To gather together for conference or consultation: During the crisis, the president's national security advisers huddled.
- To cause to crowd together.
- To draw (oneself) together in a crouch.
- Chiefly British To arrange, do, or make hastily or carelessly.
Origin of huddleFrom huddle to crowd together possibly from Low German hudeln ; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present huddles, present participle huddling, simple past and past participle huddled)
- (intransitive) To crowd together as when distressed or in fear.
- The sheep huddled together seeking warmth.
- (intransitive) To curl one's legs up to the chest and keep one's arms close to the torso; to crouch; to assume a position similar to that of an embryo in the womb.
- To get together and discuss.
- (intransitive, American football) To form a huddle.
- To crowd (things) together; to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system.
- To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do imperfectly; usually with a following preposition or adverb (huddle on, huddle up, huddle together).
Variant of Hudd.