- 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.
- to dupe or cheat.
Origin of gudgeon1
- 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 gudgeon2
Examples from the Web for gudgeon
I checked her from stem to gudgeon and you lay over her like a circus tent.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
They were disappointed in finding you no gudgeon to be hooked by such raw methods.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
One more specimen of these baits for gudgeon, and we have done.Curiosities of Civilization
The teeth find the fat, the shark finds the gudgeon invariably.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
"I am not ashamed to say that we were poor once," said Mr. Gudgeon, with a glow of pride.Round the Block
John Bell Bouton
- 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
- (tr) slang to trick or cheat
- a pivot at the end of a beam or axle
- 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 and History for gudgeon
small freshwater fish, early 15c., from Middle French goujon, from Old French gojon (14c.), from Latin gobionem (nominative gobio), alteration of gobius, from Greek kobios, a kind of fish, of unknown origin. The figurative sense of "a credulous person" (one who will "bite" at "bait") is from 1580s.
"pivot on the end of a beam," c.1400, from Old French gojon "pin, peg, spike" (13c.), perhaps somehow an altered sense of gudgeon (n.1).