smoodge

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From British dialect. Australian from 1898.[1]

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

smoodge (third-person singular simple present smoodges, present participle smoodging, simple past and past participle smoodged)

  1. (Australia) To act in an ingratiating manner; to fawn.
    • 1903 February 3, Political Labor League of New South Wales: Annual Conference, minutes, 2006, Michael Hogan (editor), Labor Pains: Early Conference and Executive Reports of the Labor Party of NSW, page 376,
      Mr Grant, in reply, was not in favor of the way the bureau was conducted. There was no rotation system, but a straight-out smoodging system, and therein was his objection. Give us the bureau, but let there be no smoodging to the foreman.
      The motion was lost.
    • 1936, Brian Penton, Inheritors, 2003, facsimile, Sydney University Press, Print on Demand Service, page 289,
      [] We ain′t cowards to give up our swag to Cabell on the off-chance of smoodging charity from strangers.”
    • 1995, Verity Burgmann, Revolutionary Industrial Unionism: The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia, page 29,
      They denounced plutocrats and extolled bums, reviled lime-lighters and scorned the fakirs who smoodged for the support of the wage slaves.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian National Dictionary Centre » Australian words » Vocabulary » British dialect
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