[ bluhj-uhn ]
/ ˈblʌdʒ ən /


a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.

verb (used with object)

to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.

Origin of bludgeon

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain


bludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer], /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bludgeon

/ (ˈblʌdʒən) /


a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle

verb (tr)

to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
(often foll by into) to force; bully; coercethey bludgeoned him into accepting the job

Derived forms of bludgeon

bludgeoner, noun

Word Origin for bludgeon

C18: of uncertain origin
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