Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A confused noise; turmoil; bustle; tumult.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pother; a tumult; a confused noise; turmoil; bustle.
  • intransitive v. To make a tumult or bustle; to splash; to make a pother or fuss; to potter; to meddle.
  • transitive v. To perplex; to embarrass; to confuse; to bother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a tumult, bustle, or stir; potter.
  • To perplex; embarrass; confuse; bother.
  • n. A tumult; a confused noise; a bustle; pother.

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Examples

  • When it is considered what a pudder is made about essences, and how much all sorts of knowledge, discourse, and conversation are pestered and disordered by the careless and confused use and application of words, it will perhaps be thought worth while thoroughly to lay it open.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Gentle critick! when thou hast weighed all this, and considered within thyself how much of thy own knowledge, discourse, and conversation has been pestered and disordered, at one time or other, by this, and this only: — What a pudder and racket in

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • If he is to live and be happy after, if he could sustain this world’s burden after, why all this pudder and preparation, —why torment us with all this unnecessary sympathy?

    On the Tragedies of Shakspere Considered with Reference to Their Fitness for Stage Representation

  • The people take their religion from their minister "by scraps and mammocks, as he dispenses it in his Sunday's dole"; and "the superstitious man by his good will is an atheist, but being scared from thence by the pangs and gripes of a boiling conscience, all in a pudder shuffles up to himself such a God and such a worship as is most agreeable to remedy his fear."

    Milton

  • ” I think it was the third day that we found the body of a Christian, scalped and most abominably mangled, and lying in a pudder of his blood; the birds of the desert screaming over him, as thick as flies.

    The Master’s Wanderings

  • Parkin's Pints has been makin 'a great pudder over to

    Margaret

  • The pony, hearing this pudder over his head, began apparently to think it would be best both for himself and Davie to return from whence they came, and accordingly commenced a retrograde movement towards Fairport.

    The Antiquary

  • If he is to live and be happy after, if he could sustain this world's burden after, why all this pudder and preparation -- why torment us with all this unnecessary sympathy?

    Characters of Shakespeare's Plays

  • The pony, hearing this pudder over his head, began apparently to think it would be best both for himself and Davie to return from whence they came, and accordingly commenced a retrograde movement towards

    The Antiquary — Complete

  • Particles of Fire, which are said to fly to a flaming Body, like Vultures or Eagles to a putrifying Carcass, and there to make a very great pudder.

    Micrographia Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon

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