gudgeon

1
[guhj-uh n]

noun

a small, European, freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, of the minnow family, having a threadlike barbel at each corner of the mouth, used as bait.
any of certain related fishes.
a person who is easily duped or cheated.
a bait or allurement.

verb (used with object)

to dupe or cheat.

Nearby words

  1. guberniya,
  2. guck,
  3. guddle,
  4. gude,
  5. gudea,
  6. gudgeon pin,
  7. gudmundsson,
  8. gudrun,
  9. guedalla,
  10. guelder rose

Origin of gudgeon

1
1375–1425; late Middle English gogion < Old French go(u)jon < Latin gōbiōn- (stem of gōbiō), variant of gobius. See goby

gudgeon

2
[guhj-uh n]

noun

Machinery. a trunnion.
a socket for the pintle of a hinge.
Nautical. a socket attached to the stern frame of a vessel, for holding the pintle of a rudder.

Origin of gudgeon

2
1350–1400; Middle English gudyon < Old French go(u)jon, perhaps ultimately < Late Latin gu(l)bia a chisel; see gouge

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British Dictionary definitions for gudgeon

gudgeon

1

noun

a small slender European freshwater cyprinid fish, Gobio gobio, with a barbel on each side of the mouth: used as bait by anglers
any of various other fishes, such as the goby
bait or enticement
slang a person who is easy to trick or cheat

verb

(tr) slang to trick or cheat

Word Origin for gudgeon

C15: from Old French gougon, probably from Latin gōbius; see goby

noun

  1. a pivot at the end of a beam or axle
  2. the female or socket portion of a pinned hinge
nautical one of two or more looplike sockets, fixed to the transom of a boat, into which the pintles of a rudder are fitted

Word Origin for gudgeon

C14: from Old French goujon, perhaps from Late Latin gulbia chisel

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