- nonsense or foolishness (often used as an interjection).
- to talk nonsense.
Origin of fudge2
- to cheat or welsh (often followed by on): to fudge on an exam; to fudge on one's campaign promises.
- to avoid coming to grips with something: to fudge on an issue.
- to exaggerate a cost, estimate, etc., in order to allow leeway for error.
- to avoid coming to grips with (a subject, issue, etc.); evade; dodge: to fudge a direct question.
- a small stereotype or a few lines of specially prepared type, bearing a newspaper bulletin, for replacing a detachable part of a page plate without the need to replate the entire page.
- the bulletin thus printed, often in color.
- a machine or attachment for printing such a bulletin.
Origin of fudge3
Examples from the Web for fudging
"You've been fudging around till you've got about ten million more hairs wound up," he grumbled.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
While the Jackies coal ship all hands are doing there part and there is no fudging going on.
The system of fudging tasks, cribbing lessons, deception of every sort they endeavoured to overthrow.Ernest Bracebridge
William H. G. Kingston
- a soft variously flavoured sweet made from sugar, butter, cream, etc
- foolishness; nonsense
- a mild exclamation of annoyance
- (intr) to talk foolishly or emptily
- a small section of type matter in a box in a newspaper allowing late news to be included without the whole page having to be remade
- the box in which such type matter is placed
- the late news so inserted
- a machine attached to a newspaper press for printing this
- an unsatisfactory compromise reached to evade a difficult problem or controversial issue
- (tr) to make or adjust in a false or clumsy way
- (tr) to misrepresent; falsify
- to evade (a problem, issue, etc); dodge; avoid
Word Origin and History for fudging
"put together clumsily or dishonestly," 1610s, perhaps an alteration of fadge "make suit, fit" (1570s), of unknown origin. As an interjection meaning "lies, nonsense" from 1766; the noun meaning "nonsense" is 1791. It could be a natural extension from the verb. But Farmer suggests provincial French fuche, feuche, "an exclamation of contempt from Low German futsch = begone."
The traditional English story traces fudge in this sense to a sailor's retort to anything considered lies or nonsense, from Captain Fudge, "who always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies" [Isaac Disraeli, 1791, citing a pamphlet from 1700]. It seems there really was a late 17c. Captain Fudge, called "Lying Fudge," and perhaps his name reinforced this form of fadge in the sense of "contrive without the necessary materials." The surname is from Fuche, a pet form of the masc. proper name Fulcher, from Germanic and meaning literally "people-army."
type of confection, 1895, American English, apparently a word first used among students at women's colleges; perhaps a special use of fudge (v.).
'He lies,' answered Lord Etherington, 'so far as he pretends I know of such papers. I consider the whole story as froth -- foam, fudge, or whatever is most unsubstantial. ...' [Scott, "St. Ronan's Well," 1823]