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

 

cudgel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cudgel
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒl//
 
he / she / it cudgels
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒlz//
 
past simple cudgelled
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
past participle cudgelled
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
(especially US English) past simple cudgeled
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
(especially US English) past participle cudgeled
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒld//
 
-ing form cudgelling
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒlɪŋ//
 
(especially US English) -ing form cudgeling
BrE BrE//ˈkʌdʒlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌdʒlɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (British English) (cudgelling, cudgelled, (especially US English)cudgeling, cudgeled) cudgel somebody to hit somebody with a cudgel
  • Word Origin Old English cycgel, of unknown origin.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English) to think very hard I had to cudgel my brains to remember her name.
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