1. a feeling of offense or resentment; anger: We left in high dudgeon.

noun Obsolete.

  1. a kind of wood used especially for the handles of knives, daggers, etc.
  2. a handle or hilt made of this wood.
  3. a dagger having such a hilt.


  1. anger or resentment (archaic, except in the phrase in high dudgeon)


  1. obsolete a wood used in making the handles of knives, daggers, etc
  2. archaic a dagger, knife, etc, with a dudgeon hilt

1570s, duggin, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Italian aduggiare “to overshadow,” giving it the same sense development as umbrage. No clear connection to earlier dudgeon (late 14c.), a kind of wood used for knife handles, which is perhaps from a French word.

see in high dudgeon.

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