from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A densely packed group or crowd, as of people or animals.
  • n. Football A brief gathering of a team's players behind the line of scrimmage to receive instructions for the next play.
  • n. A small private conference or meeting.
  • intransitive v. To crowd together, as from cold or fear.
  • intransitive v. To draw or curl one's limbs close to one's body; crouch.
  • intransitive v. Football To gather in a huddle.
  • intransitive v. Informal To gather together for conference or consultation: During the crisis the President's national security advisers huddled.
  • transitive v. To cause to crowd together.
  • transitive v. To draw (oneself) together in a crouch.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To arrange, do, or make hastily or carelessly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a dense and disorderly crowd
  • n. a brief meeting of all the players from one team that are on the field with the purpose of planning the following play.
  • v. to crowd together as when distressed or in fear
  • v. to curl one's legs up to the chest and keep one's arms close to the torso; to crouch; to assume a position similar to that of an embryo in the womb
  • v. To get together and discuss
  • v. to form a huddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion.
  • intransitive v. To press together promiscuously, from confusion, apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.
  • transitive v. To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system.
  • transitive v. To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do imperfectly; -- usually with a following preposition or adverb

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw together in confusion; crowd together without order.
  • To perform in haste and disorder; put together or produce in a hurried manner: often with up, over, or together.
  • To put on in haste and disorder, as clothes: usually with on.
  • To hush (up).
  • To embrace.
  • To crowd; press together promiscuously; press or hurry in disorder.
  • In the University of Cambridge, to keep an act in a perfunctory manner, requiring no study, in order that the necessary oath may be taken.
  • n. A number of persons or things thrown together without rule or order; a confused crowd or cluster; a jumble.
  • n. A winning cast at shovel-board.
  • n. An old decrepit person.
  • n. A list.
  • Confused; jumbled.
  • In disorder; confusedly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. crowd or draw together
  • n. (informal) a quick private conference
  • v. crouch or curl up
  • n. a disorganized and densely packed crowd


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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


  • Football fans will perhaps be pleased to know that the word huddle, from a Germanic verb to do with “crowding together” could it come from a primeval idea of a group hiding from animals or people, or protecting someone or something from being found or seen by others?

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  • The Colts huddle is pure posturing, no need for it, zero practical use whatsoever.

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  • "I thought he was very poised and seemed to adapt to being able to go in and call the huddle right away," Cable said.

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  • But at least once a game Mularkey will put Ryan in the no-huddle, which is when the third-year quarterbacks' true talents come out.

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  • About 75 people in all, with, among other things, cooling devices to make sure the huddle, which is -- shuttle, I should say, which is hot as a frying pan when it lands, gets cooled off properly.

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  • Instead, the admiral called a huddle to discuss tactics.

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  • "It must have been 15 years ago that Chip told me the huddle was the most overrated thing in all of sports," said Mark Linehan, a longtime Boston radio personality who was Kelly's roommate at the University of New Hampshire.

  • Finally, South African foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane called a huddle of the major players in a last-gasp effort to find compromise language.


  • "The guys that are in the huddle are the ones that have to say something, step up when things are tough and so there's a number of those guys," Stoops said.

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  • It all started when Jamie Carragher called a huddle before kick-off; he and Pepe Reina, with the aid of some carefully chosen words, did their best to try and instil passion and belief into a team which has taken a number of hefty knocks this winter. news feed


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  • The collective noun for a group of skunks. Cute! Seen here.

    October 13, 2009