American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short heavy stick; a club.
- v. To beat or strike with or as if with a cudgel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short thick stick used as a weapon; a club; specifically, a staff used in cudgel-play.
- To strike with a cudgel or club; beat, in general.
- n. A short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.
- v. to strike someone with a cudgel
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A staff used in cudgel play, shorter than the quarterstaff, and wielded with one hand; hence, any heavy stick used as a weapon.
- v. To beat with a cudgel.
- n. a club that is used as a weapon
- v. strike with a cudgel
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cuggel, from Old English cycgel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hill-bastards!" he howled at them, beating at them as if they were sheaves and his cudgel were a flail.”
“The fencer who demanded a contest according to the rules of fencing was the French army; his opponent who threw away the rapier and snatched up the cudgel was the Russian people; those who try to explain the matter according to the rules of fencing are the historians who have described the event.”
“The cudgel is a stout one, and som'at like your master's justice; -- 'tis a good weapon in weak hands; and that's the way many a rogue escapes a dressing.”
“Note: 93 According to the OED, a cudgel is a "short thick stick used as a weapon; a club.”
“Paul volunteered that Stella's name had certainly given her an entrée into the fashion business, but that if she hadn't the talent or work ethic to stand on her own, the industry would have used that same name as a "cudgel" (his word) to deter her progress.”
“So, this Rosa Parks of convenience took up the cudgel of self-satisfaction a "cudgel" is a traditional Jewish dish, similar to a "kugel," and can be wielded as a weapon when stale.”
“Mr Stephenson said, however, that after considering everything and the defence document being used to 'cudgel' him he had concluded there was no realistic prospect of a conviction.”
“It is birch, from the remains of bark on the "cudgel" end, still flexible, but dry.”
“For no one hath put foot upon the boards this day such as we of Lincoln call a cudgel player. ”
“Haha I can do this without you!" kind of cudgel to the crotch).”
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