[ bluhj ]
/ blʌdʒ /

verb (used with object), bludged, bludg·ing.

to shirk.
to impose on (someone).


an easy task.

Origin of bludge

1915–20; false analysis of bludgeon (v.) gives phrase bludge on to impose on; back formation from bludgeon (noun) gives bludge (v.) to use a bludgeon, whence bludger bully, especially a harlot's bully, pimp, hence shirker, whence bludge (v.) to shirk


bludg·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bludger

  • Him, however, they had treated hospitably, very unlike their contemplated behaviour to Bludger and me.

  • When I entered the cave, Bludger fell a-trembling so violently that he could not speak.

  • Bludger, a low thief, who does not hesitate to use violence, literally one who will use a bludgeon.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
  • Bludger had now recovered consciousness, and was picking up heart.

British Dictionary definitions for bludger (1 of 2)

/ (ˈblʌdʒə) /

noun Australian and NZ informal

a person who scrounges
a person who avoids work
a person in authority regarded as ineffectual by those working under him

British Dictionary definitions for bludger (2 of 2)

/ (blʌdʒ) Australian and NZ informal /


(when intr , often foll by on) to scrounge from (someone)
(intr) to evade work
(intr) archaic to act as a pimp


a very easy task; undemanding employment

Word Origin for bludge

C19: back formation from slang bludger pimp, from bludgeon
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