[ bluhj ]
/ blʌdʒ /

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

to shirk.
to impose on (someone).


an easy task.

Nearby words

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

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

Related formsbludg·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


/ (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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for bludger
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