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cudg·el

 (kŭj′əl)
n.
A short heavy stick; a club.
tr.v. cudg·eled, cudg·el·ing, cudg·els or cudg·elled or cudg·el·ling
To beat or strike with or as if with a cudgel.

[Middle English cuggel, from Old English cycgel.]
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cudgel

(ˈkʌdʒəl)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a short stout stick used as a weapon
2. take up the cudgels (often foll by: for or on behalf of) to join in a dispute, esp to defend oneself or another
vb, -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
3. (tr) to strike with a cudgel or similar weapon
4. cudgel one's brains to think hard about a problem
[Old English cycgel; related to Middle Dutch koghele stick with knob]
ˈcudgeller, ˈcudgeler n
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cudg•el

(ˈkʌdʒ əl)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing, (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club.
v.t.
2. to strike with a cudgel; beat.
Idioms:
cudgel one's brains, to try hard to comprehend or remember.
[before 900; Middle English cuggel, Old English cycgel]
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cudgel


Past participle: cudgelled
Gerund: cudgelling

Imperative
cudgel
cudgel
Present
I cudgel
you cudgel
he/she/it cudgels
we cudgel
you cudgel
they cudgel
Preterite
I cudgelled
you cudgelled
he/she/it cudgelled
we cudgelled
you cudgelled
they cudgelled
Present Continuous
I am cudgelling
you are cudgelling
he/she/it is cudgelling
we are cudgelling
you are cudgelling
they are cudgelling
Present Perfect
I have cudgelled
you have cudgelled
he/she/it has cudgelled
we have cudgelled
you have cudgelled
they have cudgelled
Past Continuous
I was cudgelling
you were cudgelling
he/she/it was cudgelling
we were cudgelling
you were cudgelling
they were cudgelling
Past Perfect
I had cudgelled
you had cudgelled
he/she/it had cudgelled
we had cudgelled
you had cudgelled
they had cudgelled
Future
I will cudgel
you will cudgel
he/she/it will cudgel
we will cudgel
you will cudgel
they will cudgel
Future Perfect
I will have cudgelled
you will have cudgelled
he/she/it will have cudgelled
we will have cudgelled
you will have cudgelled
they will have cudgelled
Future Continuous
I will be cudgelling
you will be cudgelling
he/she/it will be cudgelling
we will be cudgelling
you will be cudgelling
they will be cudgelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cudgelling
you have been cudgelling
he/she/it has been cudgelling
we have been cudgelling
you have been cudgelling
they have been cudgelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cudgelling
you will have been cudgelling
he/she/it will have been cudgelling
we will have been cudgelling
you will have been cudgelling
they will have been cudgelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cudgelling
you had been cudgelling
he/she/it had been cudgelling
we had been cudgelling
you had been cudgelling
they had been cudgelling
Conditional
I would cudgel
you would cudgel
he/she/it would cudgel
we would cudgel
you would cudgel
they would cudgel
Past Conditional
I would have cudgelled
you would have cudgelled
he/she/it would have cudgelled
we would have cudgelled
you would have cudgelled
they would have cudgelled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cudgel - a club that is used as a weaponcudgel - a club that is used as a weapon  
bastinado - a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
club - stout stick that is larger at one end; "he carried a club in self defense"; "he felt as if he had been hit with a club"
shillalah, shillelagh - a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
Verb1.cudgel - strike with a cudgel
hit - deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument; "He hit her hard in the face"
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cudgel

noun
1. club, stick, baton, bludgeon, truncheon, cosh (Brit.), shillelagh He has slept with a cudgel by his bed since being burgled.
verb
1. beat, batter, thrash, thump, bang, cane, pound, bludgeon, pummel, cosh (Brit.), thwack, drub He used to cudgel his stepson like a dog.
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Translations
هِراوَه، نَبّوتيضْرِبُ بِالهَراوَه
kyjtlouci holí
knipleknippel
nuijaryhmysauva
bunkósbotfurkósbotfütyköshusángmegbotoz
barefli, lurkurlemja meî lurk
mušti vėzdu
nūjarungasist ar nūju/rungu
biť kyjakom
kalın sopasopa çekmeksopalamak

cudgel

[ˈkʌdʒəl]
A. Nporra f
to take up the cudgels for sth/sbsalir a la defensa de algo/algn
B. VTaporrear
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cudgel

[ˈkʌdʒəl]
ngourdin m
to take up the cudgels for sb/sth → prendre fait et cause pour qn/qch
vt
to cudgel one's brains → se creuser la tête
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cudgel

n (Brit) → Knüppel m; to take up the cudgels for or on behalf of somebody/something (fig)für jdn/etw eintreten or eine Lanze brechen, für jdn/etw auf die Barrikaden gehen
vtprügeln; to cudgel one’s brains (fig)sich (dat)das (Ge)hirn zermartern
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cudgel

[ˈkʌdʒl]
1. n (weapon) → manganello, randello
to take up the cudgels for sb/sth (fig) → mettersi a lottare per qn/qc
2. vt to cudgel one's brainsscervellarsi, spremersi le meningi
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cudgel

(ˈkadʒəl) noun
a heavy stick or club.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈcudgelled , (American) ˈcudgeled
to beat with a cudgel.
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References in classic literature ?
"I must needs own thou art a brave and a sturdy soul and, withal, a good stout stroke with the cudgels. By this and by that, my head hummeth like to a hive of bees on a hot June day."
Right merrily they dwelled within the depths of Sherwood Forest, suffering neither care nor want, but passing the time in merry games of archery or bouts of cudgel play, living upon the King's venison, washed down with draughts of ale of October brewing.
The Abyssins have three different ways of putting a criminal to death: one way is to bury him to the neck, to lay a heap of brambles upon his head, and to cover the whole with a great stone; another is to beat him to death with cudgels; a third, and the most usual, is to stab him with their lances.
This other, which was evidently its mate, soon came toward us, bearing a mighty stone cudgel with which it evidently intended to brain me.
The cudgel was swinging in the arc which ended upon my upturned face when a bolt of myriad-legged horror hurled itself through the doorway full upon the breast of my executioner.
The fencing has gone on for some time; suddenly one of the combatants, feeling himself wounded and understanding that the matter is no joke but concerns his life, throws down his rapier, and seizing the first cudgel that comes to hand begins to brandish it.
Thomas Wildfang held up his cudgel. Turlington took him by the arm, and felt it suspiciously.
"Stay you here a little while, till I cut me a cudgel like unto that you have been twiddling in your fingers." So saying he sought his own bank again with a leap, laid aside his long bow and arrows, and cut him a stout staff of oak, straight, knotless, and a good six feet in length.
Discovering that I was a stranger, he lifted a thick cudgel that he carried with him, shook it threateningly, and called to me in his own language (as I gathered by his actions) to stand back.
Tarzan, among his other weapons, possessed a long, stout cudgel, and after fastening his rope about the panther's neck he used this instrument freely upon the snarling beast, endeavouring in this way to impress upon its memory that it must not attack the great, shaggy manlike creatures that had approached more closely once they had seen the purpose of the rope about Sheeta's neck.
But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do; so he laid wait for him behind the barn door, and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep, he had a stout cudgel laid about his back, that combed his locks for him finely.
Cudgel not the Picards: noli, Joannes, verberare Picardos .