From Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel (“a large stick, cudgel”), from Proto-Germanic *kuggilaz (“knobbed instrument”), derivative of Proto-Germanic *kuggōn (“cog, swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *geugʰ- (“swelling, bow”), from Proto-Indo-European *geu-, *gū- (“to bow, bend, arch, curve”). Cognate with Middle Dutch coghele (“stick with a rounded end”). Related to cog.
- Rhymes: -ʌdʒəl
cudgel (plural cudgels)
- A short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.
- The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly and looked at the inmates. The threat to swing glinted in his eye.
- To strike with a cudgel.
- The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
- I would cudgel him like a dog if he would say so.
- To exercise (one's wits or brains).