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HUCK, n.

The name of a German river trout. Dict.

HUCK, v.i.

To haggle in trading. [Not in use.]


A kind of linen with raised figures on it.

HUCK'LE, n. [infra.]

The hip, that is, a bunch.

HUCK'LE-BACK-ED, a. [G. höcker, a bunch, and back.]

Having round shoulders.


The berry called also whortleberry.

HUCK'LE-BONE, n. [G. höcker, a bunch.]

The hip bone.

HUCK'STER, n. [G. höcke, höcker; Dan. hökker. It seems to be from hocken, to take on the back, and to signify primarily a peddler, one that carries goods on his back.]

  1. A retailer of small articles, of provisions, nuts, &c.
  2. A mean trickish fellow. Hub. Tale.


To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains. Swift.


The business of a huckster; a dealing. Milton.


A female peddler.

HUD, n.

The shell or hull of a nut. [Local.] Grose.


A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together without order or regularity; tumult; confusion. Glanville. Locke.

HUD'DLE, v.i. [In Ger. hudeln signifies to bungle. It may be allied to hut, hide, or cuddle.]

  1. To crowd; to press together promiscuously, without order or regularity. We say of a throng of people, they huddle together.
  2. To move in a promiscuous throng without order; to press or hurry in disorder. The people huddle along, or huddle into the house.

HUD'DLE, v.t.

  1. To put on in haste and disorder; as, she huddled on her clothes.
  2. To cover in haste or carelessly. Edwards.
  3. To perform in haste and disorder. Dryden.
  4. To throw together in confusion; to crowd together without regard to order; as, to huddle propositions together. Locke.


Crowded together without order.


Crowding or throwing together in disorder; putting on carelessly.


Pertaining to Hudibras, or doggerel poetry.

HUE, n.1 [Sax. hiewe, hiw, color, form, image, beauty; hiwian, to form, to feign, to simulate. This may be contracted, for in Sw. hyckla, Dan. hykler, is to play the hypocrite. Perhaps how is of this family.]

Color; dye. Flow'rs of all hue. Milton.

HUE, n.2

in the phrase Hue and cry, signifies a shouting or vociferation. In law, a hue and cry is the pursuit of a felon or offender, with loud outcries or clamor to give an alarm. Hue is a contracted word, Norm. hue, Fr. huer or hucher, Dan. hui, or more probably it is from the same root as hoot.

HU'ED, a.

Having a color.


Destitute of color.

HU'ER, n.

One whose business is to cry out or give an alarm. [Not in use.] Carew.

HUFF, n. [Sp. chufa, an empty boast; chufar, to hector, to bully; Sw. yfvas, yfva sig. This word coincides in elements with heave, hove, Dan. hovner, to swell; but it may be a different word. See Class Gb, No. 4, 31.]

  1. A swell of sudden anger or arrogance. A Spaniard was wonderfully upon the huff about his extraction. L'Estrange.
  2. A boaster; one swelled with a false opinion of his own value or importance. Lewd shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the badge of wit. South.

HUFF, v.i.

  1. To swell; to dilate or enlarge; as, the bread huffs.
  2. To bluster; to swell with anger, pride or arrogance; to storm. This arrogant conceit made them huff at the doctrine of repentance. South. A huffing, shining, flattering, cringing coward. Otway.