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.
1. Washington businesses are in high dudgeon over the plan.
2. He turns on his heel and is about to go in extreme dudgeon.
3. This only heightened the dudgeon of the American Catholic right.
4. He stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon.
5. And on and on, the dudgeon reaching operatic heights.