Cudgel meaning

kŭjəl
A short heavy stick; a club.
noun
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To beat or strike with or as if with a cudgel.
verb
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A short, thick stick or club.
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To strike with a cudgel.

The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.

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To exercise (one's wits or brains).
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To beat with a cudgel.
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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.

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take up the cudgels (for)
  • to come to the defense (of)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

take up the cudgels (for)

Origin of cudgel

  • Middle English cuggel from Old English cycgel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary