- a short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon
verb (cudgels, cudgeling or (UK) cudgelling, cudgeled or (UK) cudgelled, cudgeled or (UK) cudgelled)
- The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly at the inmates, the threat to swing glinted in his eye.
- to strike someone with a cudgel
Etymology: Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel, perhaps cognate with German Kugel "ball"
- The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
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