- 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[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 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.
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