A cudgel is a thick club or stick, used to attack or defend against an attacker. A rioting mob might be armed with cudgels.

A cudgel is a rough kind of weapon — the club a police officer carries, for example, is more likely to be called a baton or a truncheon. An angry protester might wield a cudgel, or a burglar might carry one along during a robbery. The Old English root of cudgel is cycgel, "club with a rounded head," possibly from the Proto-Indo-European geu, "to curve or to bend."

Definitions of cudgel
  1. noun
    a club that is used as a weapon
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    a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
    shillalah, shillelagh
    a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
    type of:
    stout stick that is larger at one end
  2. verb
    strike with a cudgel
    synonyms: fustigate
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    type of:
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
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