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hud·dle

 (hŭd′l)
n.
1. A densely packed group or crowd, as of people or animals.
2. Football A brief gathering of a team's players behind the line of scrimmage to receive instructions for the next play.
3. A small private conference or meeting.
v. hud·dled, hud·dling, hud·dles
v.intr.
1. To crowd together, as from cold or fear.
2. To draw or curl one's limbs close to one's body: huddled under the blanket while watching television.
3. Football To gather in a huddle.
4. Informal To gather together for conference or consultation: During the crisis, the president's national security advisers huddled.
v.tr.
1. To cause to crowd together.
2. To draw (oneself) together in a crouch.
3. Chiefly British To arrange, do, or make hastily or carelessly.

[From huddle, to crowd together, possibly from Low German hudeln; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

hud′dler n.

huddled

(ˈhʌdld)
adj
crowded or nestled closely together(of a person) having their arms and legs close to their body
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.huddled - crowded or massed together; "give me...your huddled masses"; "the huddled sheep turned their backs against the wind"
crowded - overfilled or compacted or concentrated; "a crowded theater"; "a crowded program"; "crowded trains"; "a young mother's crowded days"
References in classic literature ?
Six children are huddled into one bed to keep from freezing, for they have no fire.
In the red glow from the fire-box, a group of people stood huddled together on the platform, encumbered by bundles and boxes.
The half a dozen cabins scattered along the banks of the North Fork, as if by some overflow of that capricious river, had become augmented during a week of fierce excitement by twenty or thirty others, that were huddled together on the narrow gorge of Devil's Spur, or cast up on its steep sides.
In her bewilderment, she offered him first a wooden dragoon, and next a handful of marbles; neither of which being adapted to his else omnivorous appetite, she hastily held out her whole remaining stock of natural history in gingerbread, and huddled the small customer out of the shop.
The young men, who for the most part have been huddled near the door, summon their resolution and advance; and the shrinking Jurgis is poked and scolded by the old folks until he consents to seat himself at the right hand of the bride.
All looked abashed at this elegant speech, delivered with quite an air, and stood huddled together at a respectful distance, except two stout porters, who came up and began conveying away the baggage.
Fully clothed, and wrapped in blankets, and huddled ourselves up, by the window, with lighted pipes, and fell into chat, while we waited in exceeding comfort to see how an Alpine sunrise was going to look by candlelight.
The boys huddled them- selves together and sought the friendly companionship of the fire, though the dull dead heat of the breathless atmosphere was stifling.
Aunt Sally she was just a-ripping and a-tearing around, and the children was huddled in one corner, and the old man he was huddled in the other and praying for help in time of need.
Medlock and Martha had been standing huddled together near the door staring at her, their mouths half open.
For awhile there was silence, save for the moaning of the huddled and restless cattle.
So the swallow was brought in, all huddled and shivering; and although she was a little afraid at first, she soon got warmed up and sat on the edge of the mantelpiece and began to talk.