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

n a club that is used as a weapon

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

v strike with a cudgel

Type of:
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

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