Cudgel play
Cudgel Cudg"el (k?j"?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), 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. [1913 Webster]

He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and . . . falls to rating of them as if they were dogs. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

{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). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • cudgel-play — cudˈgel play noun • • • Main Entry: ↑cudgel …   Useful english dictionary

  • cudgel play — noun : a fighting or sporting contest with cudgels …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cudgel — Cudg el (k?j ?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To cross the cudgels — Cudgel Cudg el (k?j ?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up cudgels for — Cudgel Cudg el (k?j ?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Singlestick — Singlestick, also known as cudgels, is a martial art related to fencing and stick fighting, and a wooden weapon for the art, used for attack and defence, the thicker end being thrust through a cup shaped hilt of basket work to protect the hand.… …   Wikipedia

  • singlestick — /sing geuhl stik /, n. 1. a short, heavy stick. 2. (formerly) a. a wooden stick held in one hand, used instead of a sword in fencing. b. fencing with such a stick. [1765 75; SINGLE + STICK1] * * * ▪ weapon       a slender, round stick of wood… …   Universalium

  • Cluedo — Cluedo/Clue Designer(s) Anthony E. Pratt[1] Publisher(s) Waddingtons Parker Brothers Players …   Wikipedia

  • Greyhawk — This article is about the role playing game setting. For other uses, see Greyhawk (disambiguation). Greyhawk Designer(s) Gary Gygax Publisher(s) TSR, Inc. Wizards of the Coast Publication date …   Wikipedia

  • The Devil is an Ass — is a Jacobean comedy by Ben Jonson, first performed in 1616 and first published in 1631. [Chambers, Vol. 3, p. 373.] The Devil is an Ass followed Bartholomew Fair (1614), one of the author s greatest works, and marks the start of the final phase… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”