[ bluhj-uh n ]
/ 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.


Nearby words

  1. blubbering,
  2. blubbery,
  3. blucher,
  4. bluchers,
  5. bludge,
  6. bludgeoneer,
  7. bludger,
  8. blue,
  9. blue agave,
  10. blue alert

Origin of bludgeon

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain

Related formsbludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer] /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsbludgeoner, noun

Word Origin for bludgeon

C18: of uncertain origin

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