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gudgeon

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[ guhj-uhn ]
/ ˈgʌdʒ ən /
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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.

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Origin of gudgeon

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

Definition for gudgeon (2 of 2)

gudgeon2
[ guhj-uhn ]
/ ˈgʌdʒ ən /

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

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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 (1 of 2)

gudgeon1
/ (ˈɡʌdʒən) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for gudgeon (2 of 2)

gudgeon2
/ (ˈɡʌdʒən) /

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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