Etymology
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cudgel (n.)

"short, thick stick used as a weapon," Old English cycgel "club with rounded head;" perhaps from PIE *geu- "to curve, bend."

cudgel (v.)

"to strike or beat with a cudgel," 1590s, from cudgel (n.). Related: Cudgeled; cudgeling.

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Definitions of cudgel
1
cudgel (v.)
strike with a cudgel;
Synonyms: fustigate
2
cudgel (n.)
a club that is used as a weapon;
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