hiddle

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hidel, hydel, alteration, due to final s mistaken for the plural ending, of Middle English hidils, hudels ‎(hiding-place, concealment), from Old English hȳdels ‎(a place of concealment, hiding-place, cavern, cave), equivalent to hide +‎ -le. For loss of final s compare also burial, riddle. More at hide.

Noun[edit]

hiddle ‎(plural hiddles)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) A hiding-place; a sheltered spot.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A cluster, small group of buildings, etc. set close together; a huddle.

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Verb[edit]

hiddle ‎(third-person singular simple present hiddles, present participle hiddling, simple past and past participle hiddled)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To hide; conceal.
  2. (intransitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To nestle closely; take shelter.
  3. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Scotland) To shelter (in one's arms).

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Etymology[edit]

From Early Scots hidlis ‎(hiding places), from hiddil ‎(concealment), from Middle English hidels.

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Noun[edit]

hiddle (plural hiddles)

  1. A hiding place or shelter.

Adverb[edit]

hiddle (comparative mair hiddle, superlative maist hiddle)

  1. In a mysterious fashion.

Verb[edit]

hiddle ‎(third-person singular present hiddles, present participle hiddlin, past hiddlet, past participle hiddlet)

  1. To hide or conceal.
  2. To take shelter or nestle closely.