Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English gojune, from Anglo-Norman goujon, from Late Latin, gobionem, accusative of gobio, from Latin gobius ‎(gudgeon)


gudgeon ‎(plural gudgeons)

The common gudgeon.
  1. A small freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, that is native to Eurasia.
  2. (Australia) Any of various similar small fish of the family Eleotridae, often used as bait.
  3. An idiot; a person easily duped or cheated.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
    • 2004, Robert Jordan, New Spring: The Novel[1], ISBN 0765309262, page 298:
      “Don’t be a gudgeon,” she grumbled, tugging at the dress much more fiercely than was necessary. “If this works as you say it will, nobody will notice me.”

Etymology 2Edit

Pintle and gudgeon rudder system.

From Middle English gudyon, ultimately from Late Latin gulbia ‎(chisel).


gudgeon ‎(plural gudgeons)

  1. A type of bearing: a circular fitting, often made of metal, which is fixed onto some surface and allows for the pivoting of another fixture.
  2. (nautical) Specifically, in a vessel with a stern-mounted rudder, the fitting into which the pintle of the rudder fits, allowing the rudder to swing freely.
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gudgeon ‎(third-person singular simple present gudgeons, present participle gudgeoning, simple past and past participle gudgeoned)

  1. To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      To be gudgeoned of the opportunities which had been given you.

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