Definition of dudgeon in English:



mass noun
  • A feeling of offence or deep resentment.

    ‘the manager walked out in high dudgeon’
    • ‘Of course, I don't know what the relevant understandings were on the Judiciary committee, but I have a hard time working myself into a high moral dudgeon over it.’
    • ‘But amid the high dudgeon, it's easy to miss that essentially what he was making is an affirmative-action argument.’
    • ‘But it wasn't just that inconsistency which distressed me: it was the feeling that he was on the verge of extreme dudgeon before I could press the matter one inch further.’
    • ‘Although they were eventually put back on the rails, the bad odour lingered, and was not dispelled when a non-executive director quit in high dudgeon.’
    • ‘I promptly took myself off in high dudgeon to the nearest Little Chef and had an all-day breakfast for somewhat less than the price I would have been charged.’
    • ‘Does this mean that all the moral high dudgeon from the media last year was crocodile tears and that they never really cared about children?’
    • ‘By February, I was in a state of high dudgeon.’
    • ‘The whole thing had me in high dudgeon.’
    • ‘On the night I visited the Goldminer's Inn the bloggers were in high dudgeon.’
    • ‘I wonder if the same parties will summon up an equal amount of dudgeon now.’
    • ‘Trusting soul that she is, Fanny related our conversation to the hotel manager the next day and came back in high dudgeon.’
    • ‘Lest this seem like the predictable rhetoric of those in high dudgeon, consider the undertones.’
    • ‘In high dudgeon he interjected, ‘You obviously don't watch the show.‘’
    • ‘At the same time, he is in high dudgeon these days over the trial.’
    • ‘And so we get ourselves in high dudgeon at injustices that may never have happened, because they are the kind of thing we would hate if they had happened.’
    • ‘They exude the sweet, slightly rotten smell of hypocrisy as everyone takes a position of high dudgeon and righteousness.’
    • ‘In high dudgeon I proudly stalked away to my dressing room near the boiler room in the cellar.’
    • ‘He's bald, has a bit of a belly and seems to be in high dudgeon for much of the day.’
    • ‘I am getting around to saying that as easygoing and nonconfrontational as San Diego is, the community this week has been in what, for it, represents a high dudgeon.’
    • ‘Lin totally misunderstood that comment, and got up into a high dudgeon over what he felt was a slight to his courage.’
    indignantly, resentfully, angrily, furiously, wrathfully


Late 16th century of unknown origin.