Cudgel vs Waddy - What's the difference?

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Cudgel is a related term of waddy.

As nouns the difference between cudgel and waddy

is that cudgel is a short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon while waddy is (colloquial) a cowboy or waddy can be (australia) a war club used by aboriginal australians; a nulla nulla.

As a verb cudgel

is to strike with a cudgel.




(en noun)
  • A short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.
  • The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly and looked at the inmates. The threat to swing glinted in his eye.
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • Then they had bouts of wrestling and of cudgel play, so that every day they gained in skill and strength.
  • * Bunyan
  • He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and falls to rating of them as if they were dogs.


    * club * singlestick


  • To strike with a cudgel.
  • The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I would cudgel him like a dog if he would say so.
  • To exercise (one's wits or brains).
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    Origin unknown.

    Alternative forms

    * waddie


  • (colloquial) A cowboy.
  • * 1992 , , All the Pretty Horses ,
  • This is how it was with the old waddies , aint it?
  • * 1968 , , True Grit ,
  • If I ever meet one of you Texas waddies that says he never drank from a horse track I think I will shake his hand and give him a Daniel Webster cigar.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • (Australia) A war club used by Aboriginal Australians; a nulla nulla.
  • * 1839 , William Mann, Six Years' Residence in the Australian Provinces , page 156,
  • After waiting for some time, and nothing being done, I began to think that the settlement tribes were afraid of the mountaineers, whose chosen warriors advanced in a line, striking their shields with their waddies', singing their war-cry, wa-ah ! wa-ah ! wa-ah ! aa-ho ! aa-ho ! aa-ho ! hi-hi-hi !—I should have told you that many of the Amity Paint tribe, which is more numerous than the other two settlement tribes, were deficient of spears and shields, having nothing but ' waddies and boomerangs.
  • * 1840 May—August, (editor), Van Diemen's Land'', ''The Colonial Magazine and Commercial-maritime Journal , Volume 2, page 76,
  • In the mean while women, children, and remote stock-keepers fell under the unerring spears or death-dealing waddies of an enemy, the first indication of whose appearance was consectaneous with the stroke that reft his victim of life.
  • * 2008 , Doreen Kartinyeri, Sue Anderson, Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling , page 20,
  • The kids would copy the men to make their own cricket stumps, but no-one was allowed to touch Grandfather's special wood for making waddies .