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guddle

Overview

This page has 6 definitions of guddle in English and Scots. Guddle is a verb and noun. Also define these 19 related words and terms: transitive, intransitive, fishing, catch, fish, hand, grope, bank, stream, stone, noodle, dabble, play, gutter, mud, puddle, work, mess, and muddle.

English

Etymology

Children guddling for fish in the Krka river near Male Rebrce, Slovenia, in the 1950s and 1960s.

From Scots guddle, imitative of the splashing of water, and modelled after words like muddle and puddle, perhaps influenced by Scots gutter (to spatter with mud).[1][2]

Pronunciation

Verb

guddle (third-person singular simple present guddles, present participle guddling, simple past and past participle guddled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, Scotland, fishing) To catch (fish) with the hands, especially by groping at the bank of a stream or under stones.
    Synonym: noodle (usually of large catfish)
    • Grope definition
      To feel with or use the hands; to handle. (1 of 5 grope definitions)

Derived terms

Translations

References

  1. ^ guddle, v., n.”, in The Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries, 2004–, OCLC 57069714, reproduced from W[illiam] Grant and D[avid] D. Murison, editors, The Scottish National Dictionary, Edinburgh: Scottish National Dictionary Association, 1931–1976, →OCLC.
  2. ^ gutter, n., v.”, in The Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries, 2004–, OCLC 57069714, reproduced from W[illiam] Grant and D[avid] D. Murison, editors, The Scottish National Dictionary, Edinburgh: Scottish National Dictionary Association, 1931–1976, →OCLC.

Further reading


Scots

Etymology

Unknown, but see etymology of English section.

Verb

guddle

  1. To catch fish with the hands, especially by groping under stones or at the banks of a stream.
  2. To dabble (as a duck).
  3. To play in the gutters, mud or puddles.
    • Puddle definition
      A small pool of water, usually on a path or road. (1 of 4 puddle definitions)
  4. To do work of a dirty or greasy nature.

Noun

guddle (plural guddles)

  1. mess, muddle
    • Mess definition
      A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding. (1 of 4 mess definitions)