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Definition of huddle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    huddle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌdl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they huddle
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌdl//
     
    he / she / it huddles
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌdlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌdlz//
     
    past simple huddled
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌdld//
     
    past participle huddled
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌdld//
     
    -ing form huddling
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌdlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌdlɪŋ//
     
    Fear
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] huddle (up/together) (+ adv./prep.) (of people or animals) to gather closely together, usually because of cold or fear We huddled together for warmth. They all huddled around the fire. People huddled up close to each other.
  2. 2[intransitive] huddle (up) (+ adv./prep.) to hold your arms and legs close to your body, usually because you are cold or frightened I huddled under a blanket on the floor. See related entries: Fear
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘conceal’): perhaps of Low German origin.Extra examples Felipe sat huddled in his chair. He slept, huddled in an armchair. Karen was huddled against the wall. She found him huddled in a corner, shaking violently. She lay huddled under the blankets.
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