cudgel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cudgel strike with a cudgel
    • n cudgel a club that is used as a weapon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cudgel A staff used in cudgel play, shorter than the quarterstaff, and wielded with one hand; hence, any heavy stick used as a weapon. "He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and . . . falls to rating of them as if they were dogs."
    • v. t Cudgel To beat with a cudgel. "An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cudgel A short thick stick used as a weapon; a club; specifically, a staff used in cudgel-play.
    • cudgel To strike with a cudgel or club; beat, in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cudgel kud′jel a heavy staff: a club
    • v.t Cudgel to beat with a cudgel:—pr.p. cud′gelling; pa.p. cud′gelled
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. kuggel,; cf. G. keule, club (with a round end), kugel, ball, or perh. W. cogyl, cudgel, or D. cudse, kuds, cudgel

Usage

In literature:

My sister took up the cudgels.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
Is it like cudgel-playing or other sportful forms of bloodshed?
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
Then Grandma took up the cudgels.
"The Adventures of Ann" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
In this country the cudgel was the instrument of education and of government.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
It fell one day that she took a cudgel in her hand, and went up above the house to a stack of vetches.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
To him my face was familiar but he was cudgelling his brains as to where he had seen me before.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
M. de Radisson was upon him with a cudgel like a flail on wheat.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Charlie straightened himself up, as if with an effort, and raised his cudgel.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
And if ye gainsay her, her een glower sae keen; Then tongue, neive, and cudgel, she 'll lay on me sairly.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I." by Various
But the rest, who form the light-armed troops, carry a metal cudgel.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
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In poetry:

Then Croquard relaxed his hold of the minstrel boy,
Which caused the minstrel's heart to leap with joy;
As Jack placed himself before Croquard the giant,
And stood on his guard with a stout oak cudgel defiant.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
Ha! cried the Prince, is it thou my gallant Jack of Kent,
Now charge with me my brave lad for thou has been sent
By God, to aid me in the midst of the fight,
So forward, and wield your cudgel with all your might.
"The Battle of Cressy" by William Topaz McGonagall
The first time that Peter denied his Lord
He shrank from the cudgel, the scourge and the cord,
But followed far off to see what they would do,
Till the cock crew—till the cock crew—
After Gethsemane, till the cock crew!
"The Song at Cock-Crow" by Rudyard Kipling
Then the giant tried to draw his sword for to fight,
But Jack danced around him like a young sprite,
And struck him a blow with his cudgel upon the back of the head,
And from the effects of the blow he was nearly killed dead.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
The large hall of Windsor Castle was ablaze with light,
And there sat King Edward and his Queen, a most beautiful sight-
To see them seated upon two thrones of burnished gold;
And near the King sat Jack o' the Cudgel, like a warrior bold.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall
There, lad, cried Vintner Simon, thou hast shown English spirit to-day,
By chastising yon overbearing giant in a very proper way;
So come, my lad, and drink a flagon of my very best sack,
For you handled your cudgel well, and no courage did lack.
"Jack o' the Cudgel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

AARP willingly being used as partisan cudgel .
It took mere hours before the "team player" cudgel was wielded against Chief Justice John Roberts.
One of the striking things about Saturday's gubernatorial debate in Hot Springs was the way former Attorney General Bob McDonnell used his own weakness on transportation funding as a cudgel to beat state Sen Creigh Deeds over the head.
AARP willingly being used as partisan cudgel.
The Russian extremism law is supposed to target terrorist groups, but free-speech advocates argue that the government uses the "intentionally vague" law as a cudgel against dissent.
The whole campaign, Mitt Romney has used Israel as a cudgel against Barack Obama.
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