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Definition of "cudgel" [cudg•el]

  • A short heavy stick; a club. (noun)
  • To beat or strike with or as if with a cudgel. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cudgel" in a sentence
  • ""Hill-bastards!" he howled at them, beating at them as if they were sheaves and his cudgel were a flail."
  • "The fencer who demanded a contest according to the rules of fencing was the French army; his opponent who threw away the rapier and snatched up the cudgel was the Russian people; those who try to explain the matter according to the rules of fencing are the historians who have described the event."
  • "The cudgel is a stout one, and som'at like your master's justice; -- 'tis a good weapon in weak hands; and that's the way many a rogue escapes a dressing."