English edit

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Particularly: “Perhaps a back-formation from pudgy, or an alteration of podge, and/or sound-symbolic.”

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /pʌd͡ʒ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌdʒ

Noun edit

pudge (countable and uncountable, plural pudges)

  1. Something short and fat.
  2. Excess body fat.
    • 2002, extract from Christine Lincoln, Sap Rising, in Marita Golden, E. Lynn Harris (editors), Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing, Random House (Broadway Books), page 676,
      The smell of her skin and hair after I have given her a bath, me nibbling at the layers of pudge on her legs and arms, around her neck—I drown in the scent of all that innocence.
    • 2008, Deb Caletti, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye[1], Simon & Schuster (Simon Pulse), page 41:
      Their faces are long and graceful and missing the pudge of the others.
    • 2015, Larry Kramer, The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, page 151:
      He is high-booted (over rather skinny legs), with a tiny bit of a paunch showing, an intimation of genital endowment, and a sort of nice half smile (a tidge of pudge in the cheeks and jowls), his left hand leaning against and rather caressing a very bold phallic cannon's spout.

Usage notes edit

  • Sometimes used (capitalised) as a mildly derogatory nickname.
  • Occasionally used as a nonsense word in light poetry.

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