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dudgeon (plural dudgeons)
- (obsolete) A kind of wood used especially in the handles of knives; the root of the box tree.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Gerarde (1597) to this entry?)
- (obsolete) A hilt made of this wood.
- (archaic) A dagger which has a dudgeon hilt.
- A feeling of anger or resentment (usually only in set terms, below).
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XI:
- [...] with girls of high and haughty spirit you have to watch your step, especially if they have red hair, like Bobbie. If they think you're talking out of turn, dudgeon ensues, and dudgeon might easily lead her to reach for the ginger ale bottle and bean me with it.