from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sullen, angry, or indignant humor: "Slamming the door in Meg's face, Aunt March drove off in high dudgeon” ( Louisa May Alcott).
- n. Obsolete A kind of wood used in making knife handles.
- n. Archaic A dagger with a hilt made of this wood.
- n. Archaic The hilt of a dagger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of wood used especially in the handles of knives.
- n. A hilt made of this wood.
- n. A dagger which has a dudgeon hilt.
- n. A feeling of anger or resentment (usually only in set terms, below).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The root of the box tree, of which hafts for daggers were made.
- n. The haft of a dagger.
- n. A dudgeon-hafted dagger; a dagger.
- n. Resentment; ill will; anger; displeasure.
- adj. Homely; rude; coarse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stave of a barrel or cask.
- n. Wood for staves: same as dudgeon-tree.
- n. Some kind of wood having a mottled grain; or the wooden hilt of a dagger, ornamented with graven lines.
- n. The hilt of a dagger. See dudgeon-haft.
- n. A dagger. See dudgeon-dagger.
- Ornamented with graven lines; full of wavy lines; curiously veined or mottled.
- n. A feeling of offense; resentmont; sullen anger; ill will; discord.
- Rude; unpolished.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of intense indignation (now used only in the phrase `in high dudgeon')
Middle English dogeon, possibly from Anglo-Norman.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently from Anglo-Norman or Middle French, but the ultimate origin is obscure. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain; perhaps the same as Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)