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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from Low German hudeln 'to crowd together'

huddle

1 verb
     
hud‧dle1
1 [intransitive and transitive] also huddle together/up if a group of people huddle together, they stay very close to each other, especially because they are cold or frightened:
We lay huddled together for warmth.
huddle around
People huddled around the radio, waiting for news.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to lie or sit with your arms and legs close to your body because you are cold or frightened:
She huddled under the blankets.
The snow blew against his huddled body.
3 [intransitive] American English to sit or stand with a small group of people in order to discuss something privately:
The executive board huddled to discuss the issue.
4 [intransitive] if American football players huddle, they gather around one player who tells them the plan for the next part of the game

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