Cudgel play, a fight or sportive contest with cudgels.To cross the cudgels, to forbear or give up the contest; — a phrase borrowed from the practice of cudgel players, who lay one cudgel over another when the contest is ended.To take up cudgels for, to engage in a contest in behalf of (some one or something).

(Cudg"el), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cudgeled or Cudgelled (-ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cudgeling or cudgelling.] To beat with a cudgel.

An he here, I would cudgel him like a dog.

To cudgel one's brains, to exercise one's wits.

(Cudg"el*er) n. One who beats with a cudgel. [Written also cudgeller.]

(Cud"weed`) n. [Apparently fr. cud + weed, but perh. a corruption of cottonweed; or of cut weed, so called from its use as an application to cuts and chafings.] (Bot.) A small composite plant with cottony or silky stem and leaves, primarily a species of Gnaphalium, but the name is now given to many plants of different genera, as Filago, Antennaria, etc.; cottonweed.

(Cue) n. [ OF. coue, coe, F. queue, fr. L. coda, cauda, tail. Cf. Caudal, Coward, Queue.]

1. The tail; the end of a thing; especially, a tail-like twist of hair worn at the back of the head; a queue.

2. The last words of a play actor's speech, serving as an intimation for the next succeeding player to speak; any word or words which serve to remind a player to speak or to do something; a catchword.

When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer.

(Cud"dle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cuddled (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cuddling (- dling).] [Prob. for couthle, fr. couth known; cf. OE. kuþþen to cuddle, or cuðlechen to make friends with. SeeCouth, Uncouth, Can.] To lie close or snug; to crouch; to nestle.

She cuddles low beneath the brake;
Nor would she stay, nor dares she fly.

(Cud"dle), v. t. To embrace closely; to fondle. Forby.

(Cud"dle), n. A close embrace.

(Cud"dy) n. [See Cudden. ]

1. An ass; esp., one driven by a huckster or greengrocer. [Scot.]

2. Hence: A blockhead; a lout. Hood.

3. (Mech.) A lever mounted on a tripod for lifting stones, leveling up railroad ties, etc. Knight.

(Cud"dy) n. [Prob. a contraction fr. D. kajuit cabin: cf. F. cahute hut.] (Naut.) A small cabin: also, the galley or kitchen of a vessel.

(Cud"dy), n. [Scot.; cf. Gael. cudaig, cudainn, or E. cuttlefish, or cod, codfish.] (Zoöl) The coalfish [Written also cudden.]

(Cudg"el) n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club kugel ball, or perh. W. cogyl cudgel, or D. cudse, kuds, 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.

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