Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Huddle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Huddled
; present participle & verbal noun Huddling
.] [ Confer Middle English hoderen
, to cover, keep, warm; perhaps akin to Middle English huden
, to hide, English hide
, and orig. meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Confer Hide
to conceal.] To press together promiscuously, from confusion, apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.
The cattle huddle d on the lea. Tennyson.
Huddling together on the public square . . . like a herd of panic-struck deer. Prescott.
Huddle transitive verb 1. To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system.
Our adversary, huddling several suppositions together, . . . makes a medley and confusion. Locke. 2. To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do imperfectly; -- usually with a following preposition or adverb; as, to huddle on ; to huddle up ; to huddle together .
up a peace." J. H. Newman.
Let him forescat his work with timely care, Dryden.
Which else is huddled when the skies are fair.
Now, in all haste, they huddle on Swift.
Their hoods, their cloaks, and get them gone.
Huddle noun A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion. "A huddle of ideas." Addison.
Huddler noun One who huddles things together.
Hudge noun (Mining) An iron bucket for hoisting coal or ore. Raymond.
Hudibrastic adjective Similar to, or in the style of, the poem " Hudibras ," by Samuel Butler; in the style of doggerel verse. Macaulay.
Hudsonian adjective Of or pertaining to Hudson's Bay or to the Hudson River; as, the Hudsonian curlew.
[ Middle English hew
, color, shape, form, Anglo-Saxon hiw
; akin to Swedish hy
skin, complexion, Goth. hiwi
form, appearance.] 1. Color or shade of color; tint; dye.
"Flowers of all hue
Hues of the rich unfolding morn. Keble. 2. (Painting) A predominant shade in a composition of primary colors; a primary color modified by combination with others.
Hue noun [ Middle English hue , huer , to hoot, shout, probably from Old French hu an exclamation.] A shouting or vociferation. Hue and cry (Law) , a loud outcry with which felons were anciently pursued, and which all who heard it were obliged to take up, joining in the pursuit till the malefactor was taken; in later usage, a written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring all persons to aid in retaking him. Burrill.
Hued adjective Having color; -- usually in composition; as, bright- hued ; many- hued . Chaucer.
[ Anglo-Saxon hiwleás
. See Hue
color.] Destitute of color. Hudibras.
Huer noun One who cries out or gives an alarm; specifically, a balker; a conder. See Balker .
Huff transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Huffed
; present participle & verbal noun Huffing
.] [ Confer Middle English hoove
to puff up, blow; probably of imitative origin.] 1. To swell; to enlarge; to puff up; as, huffed up with air. Grew. 2. To treat with insolence and arrogance; to chide or rebuke with insolence; to hector; to bully.
You must not presume to huff us. Echard. 3. (Draughts) To remove from the board (the piece which could have captured an opposing piece). See Huff , intransitive verb , 3.
Huff intransitive verb 1. To enlarge; to swell up; as, bread huffs . 2. To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense.
THis senseless arrogant conceit of theirs made them huff at the doctrine of repentance. South. 3. (Draughts) To remove from the board a man which could have captured a piece but has not done so; -- so called because it was the habit to blow upon the piece.
Huff noun 1. A swell of sudden anger or arrogance; a fit of disappointment and petulance or anger; a rage.
"Left the place in a huff
." W. Irving. 2. A boaster; one swelled with a false opinion of his own value or importance.
Lewd, shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge . . . of wit. South. To take huff
, to take offence. Cowper.
Huffcap noun A blusterer; a bully. [ Obsolete] -- adjective Blustering; swaggering. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
Huffer noun A bully; a blusterer. Hudibras.
Huffiness noun The state of being huffish; petulance; bad temper. Ld. Lytton.
Huffingly adverb Blusteringly; arrogantly.
And huffingly doth this bonny Scot ride. Old Ballad.
Huffish adjective Disposed to be blustering or arrogant; petulant. -- Huff"ish*ly , adverb -- Huff"ish*ness , noun
1. Puffed up; as, huffy bread. 2. Characterized by arrogance or petulance; easily offended.
Hug intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hugged
; present participle & verbal noun Hugging
.] [ Prob. of Scand. origin; confer Danish sidde paa huk
to squat, Swedish huka sig
to squat, Icelandic h...ka
. Confer Huckster
.] 1. To cower; to crouch; to curl up.
[ Obsolete] Palsgrave. 2. To crowd together; to cuddle.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Hug transitive verb 1. To press closely within the arms; to clasp to the bosom; to embrace.
me in his arms." Shak. 2. To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.
We hug deformities if they bear our names. Glanvill. 3. (Nautical) To keep close to; as, to hug the land; to hug the wind. To hug one's self
, to congratulate one's self; to chuckle.
Hug noun A close embrace or clasping with the arms, as in affection or in wrestling. Fuller.
[ Compar. Huger
; superl. Hugest
.] [ Middle English huge
, Old French ahuge
.] Very large; enormous; immense; excessive; -- used esp. of material bulk, but often of qualities, extent, etc.; as, a huge ox; a huge space; a huge difference.
filly." Jer. Taylor.
Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea. Shak. Syn.
-- Enormous; gigantic; colossal; immense; prodigious; vast.
Hugger noun One who hugs or embraces.
Hugger transitive verb & i. To conceal; to lurk ambush. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
[ Scot. huggrie-muggrie
; Prov. English hugger
to lie in ambush, mug
sullen.] Privacy; secrecy. Commonly in the phrase in hugger-mugger , with haste and secrecy.
Many things have been done in hugger- mugger . Fuller.
1. Secret; clandestine; sly. 2. Confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger-mugger doings.
Huggle transitive verb [ Freq. of hug .] To hug. [ Obsolete]
Huguenot noun [ French, properly a dim. of Hugues . The name is probably derived from the Christian name ( Huguenot ) of some person conspicuous as a reformer.] (Eccl. Hist.) A French Protestant of the period of the religious wars in France in the 16th century.
Huguenotism noun [ Confer French huguenotisme .] The religion of the Huguenots in France.
Hugy adjective Vast. [ Obsolete] Dryden.
Huia bird [ Native name; -- so called from its cry.] (Zoology) A New Zealand starling ( Heteralocha acutirostris ), remarkable for the great difference in the form and length of the bill in the two sexes, that of the male being sharp and straight, that of the female much longer and strongly curved.
[ Obsolete] See Usher . B. Jonson.
Huisher transitive verb To usher. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.
Huke noun [ Old French huque , Late Latin huca ; confer Dutch huik .] An outer garment worn in Europe in the Middle Ages. [ Written also heuk and hyke .] [ Obsolete] Bacon.
[ Confer Hunch
.] A hunch.
Hulchy adjective Swollen; gibbous. [ Obsolete]
[ Middle English hulke
a heavy ship, Anglo-Saxon hulc
a light, swift ship; akin to Dutch hulk
a ship of burden, German holk
, Old High German holcho
; perhaps from Late Latin holcas
, Greek ..., prop., a ship which is towed, from ... to draw, drag, tow. Confer Wolf
.] 1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service.
"Some well- timbered hulk
." Spenser. 2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. Skeat. 3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. Shak. Shear hulk
, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or take out the masts of a ship.
-- The hulks
, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as prisons.
[ Eng.] Dickens.
Hulk transitive verb [ Confer MLG. holken to hollow out, Swedish hålka .] To take out the entrails of; to disembowel; as, to hulk a hare. [ R.] Beau. & Fl.
Hulking, Hulky adjective Bulky; unwiedly. [ R.] "A huge hulking fellow." H. Brooke.
[ Middle English hul
, shell, husk, Anglo-Saxon hulu
; akin to German hülle
covering, husk, case, hüllen
to cover, Goth. huljan
to cover, Anglo-Saxon helan
to hele, conceal. √17. See Hele
, transitive verb
.] 1. The outer covering of anything, particularly of a nut or of grain; the outer skin of a kernel; the husk. 2.
[ In this sense perhaps influenced by Dutch hol
hold of a ship, English hold
.] (Nautical) The frame or body of a vessel, exclusive of her masts, yards, sails, and rigging.
Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light. Dryden. Hull down
, said of a ship so distant that her hull is concealed by the convexity of the sea.
Hull transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hulled
; present participle & verbal noun Hulling
.] 1. To strip off or separate the hull or hulls of; to free from integument; as, to hull corn. 2. To pierce the hull of, as a ship, with a cannon ball.
Hull intransitive verb To toss or drive on the water, like the hull of a ship without sails. [ Obsolete] Shak. Milton.
Hullabaloo noun [ Perh. a corruption of hurly-burly .] A confused noise; uproar; tumult. [ Colloq.] Thackeray.
Hulled adjective Deprived of the hulls. Hulled corn , kernels of maize prepared for food by removing the hulls.
Huller noun One who, or that which, hulls; especially, an agricultural machine for removing the hulls from grain; a hulling machine.
Hullo interj. See Hollo .