[bluhj-uh n]


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
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

Examples from the Web for bludgeoned

Contemporary Examples of bludgeoned

Historical Examples of bludgeoned

  • The Jew was captured in his own house, dragged forth, and bludgeoned to death.

    Bygone London

    Frederick Ross

  • He had been bludgeoned in the most brutal manner imaginable.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard

    Thomas W. Hanshew

  • Aylmer began to feel as if his wits as well as his body had been bludgeoned.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile

  • If she can't; good; no harm done that he wasn't there to be bludgeoned anew.

    If Winter Comes

    A.S.M. Hutchinson

  • It was invaded by gangs of men armed with clubs, who bludgeoned every Armenian to be found there.

British Dictionary definitions for bludgeoned



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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Word Origin and History for bludgeoned



1802, from earlier noun bludgeon "short club" (1730), of unknown origin. Related: Bludgeoned; bludgeoning.



"short club," 1730, of unknown origin.

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