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huddle

hud·dle

huddle

 
pronunciation:
huh dl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: huddled, huddles, huddling
definition: to gather in a small, close group.
He huddled his family in the doorway out of the rain.
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
assemble, cluster, crowd, gather, marshal, rally, round up, shepherd
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move close together; push in against one another as when sharing something such as heat.
They huddled together in the bitter cold of the cabin.
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
assemble, bunch, cluster, concentrate, congregate, converge, crowd, gather, mass
definition 2: to draw in, as to oneself; curl up or crouch.
She huddled close to the fire.
synonyms:
curl up
antonyms:
sprawl
similar words:
crouch, nestle, snuggle
definition 3: in football, to gather in a huddle.
The players huddled, and the quarterback called the play.
definition 4: to meet, usu. in a small, close group, to discuss or confer.
The buyers huddled for a few minutes before agreeing to the price.
similar words:
caucus, confer, consult, convene, deliberate, forgather, meet
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small group of people or animals, pushed or drawn together.
One penguin was not allowed to join the huddle.
synonyms:
knot
similar words:
assembly, cluster, covey, group
definition 2: in football, a gathering of a team's players to get instructions for the next play.
The players moved quickly out of the huddle.
definition 3: a small private discussion or conference, or the group gathered for it.
I want to have a huddle with the two of you before the meeting.
similar words:
conference, discussion, gathering, meeting
derivations: huddlingly (adv.), huddler (n.)