[ bluhj-uhn ]
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  1. a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.

verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.

  2. to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.

Origin of bludgeon

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain

Other words from bludgeon

  • bludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer], /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bludgeon in a sentence

  • Although Canadians were anxious for trade relations, they were not willing to be bludgeoned into accepting one-sided terms.

    The Canadian Dominion | Oscar D. Skelton
  • Bludgeoned a captain on his ship but the man's wife held on to him and yelled till rescue came.

    Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
  • Bludgeoned by obvious hints the stranger excused himself, and as soon as he was gone my companion leaned towards me.

  • At nine, all pretense is dropped that its still daylight and colours lie bludgeoned--extinguished in the dark.

    The Land of Look Behind | Paul Cameron Brown
  • With this new and triple-headed engine Britain was to be bludgeoned into submission.

    The Fleets Behind the Fleet | W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for bludgeon


/ (ˈblʌdʒən) /

  1. a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end

  2. a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle

  1. to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon

  2. (often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce: they bludgeoned him into accepting the job

Origin of bludgeon

C18: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of bludgeon

  • bludgeoner, noun

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