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.
Other definitions for gudgeon (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use gudgeon in a sentence
gudgeon eats stickleback, jack-pike eats gudgeon and grows fat, till at last the sturgeon in his armour eats him.Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Barbel, roach, club, and gudgeon are plentiful round the Bell Weir; and trout are often taken.
Why must we wait till we go abroad before we think of asking for gudgeon?
A large upright post is placed on a gudgeon, with shafts extending horizontally 15 or 20 feet.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West | J. M. Peck
This forms an abutment for supporting the ladle in the gudgeon band, being secured to this last by latch bolts and cotters.
British Dictionary definitions for gudgeon (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for gudgeon (2 of 2)
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
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