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  • v. To catch fish with the hands, especially by groping under stones or at the banks of a stream.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drink much or greedily; guzzle.
  • To botch; bungle; mangle; haggle.
  • To catch (fish) with the hands by groping under the stones or banks of a stream.


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  • You may have heard the curling commentators referring to the word "guddle" just now.

    BBC - Ouch

  • I have an eleven-year-old daughter who climbs trees, swims in rivers, runs as fast as any boy of her age and who dreams of being an artist, a sailor and learning how to guddle fish.

    Katharine Quarmby: The Lost Art Of Growing Old Gracefully

  • How can this cack-handed guddle be the right thing?

    Kenny MacAskill couldn't win

  • If I don`t, the house will be reduced to a guddle that will take me a month to sort out.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • How they make such a guddle sound so fresh is anybody's guess.


  • Tam once more resumed his attempt to guddle a trout, trying to shut out the slurping and grunting sounds to the left of him, where it sounded like Spammy and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig were attempting to drown each other.

    Country of the Blind

  • I was in the fear of my life that they should light upon mine own son Tam, for he knew no more than how to bait a line and guddle trout; but nevertheless he has done wonderfully well at the pack among the ignorant English, and is, (I deny it not to him) the staff of my declining years.

    Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895

  • Half of Scotland has texted in to inform the world that a guddle is Scottish slang for "a mess".

    BBC - Ouch

  • Hence the guddle that followed Wendy Alexander's "bring it on" declaration.

    BBC Blog Network

  • 6 And I'd like to leave the allotment in step-in condition, not a nasty guddle.

    Thinking of packing it in...Pt2.


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  • "He knelt, and stretched out his hand, palm up. Very slowly, he moved one finger, then the next, and the next and the next, then again, in the undulant motion of seaweed in the water. The big pale eyes fixed on the movement, watching as though hypnotized. He could see the tip of the miniature tail twitch, very slightly, and smiled at the sight.

    If he could guddle a trout—and he could—why not a cat?"

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 251

    January 19, 2010

  • Scots - to fish barehanded; a mess.

    December 28, 2007