Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

fudge

play
verb \ˈfəj\

Simple Definition of fudge

  • : to fail to deal with (something) in an open and direct way

  • : to speak or act in a way that is meant to avoid dealing with a problem directly

  • : to change (something) in order to trick people

Full Definition of fudge

fudgedfudg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to devise as a substitute :  fake b :  falsify <fudged the figures>

  3. 2 :  to fail to come to grips with :  dodge <fudged the issue>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to exceed the proper bounds or limits of something <feel that the author has fudged a little on the … rules for crime fiction — Newsweek>; also :  cheat <fudging on an exam>

  6. 2 :  to fail to perform as expected

  7. 3 :  to avoid commitment :  hedge <the government's tendency to fudge on delicate matters of policy — Claire Sterling>

Examples of fudge

  1. Politicians have been known to fudge the issues.

  2. The treasurer fudged the figures.

  3. It was later discovered that the researchers had fudged their data.



Origin of fudge

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1674

Rhymes with fudge


2

fudge

noun

Simple Definition of fudge

  • : a soft, sweet brown candy

  • : a statement that does not deal with a problem or issue in a direct way

Full Definition of fudge

  1. 1 :  foolish nonsense —often used interjectionally to express annoyance, disappointment, or disbelief

  2. 2 :  a soft creamy candy made typically of sugar, milk, butter, and flavoring

  3. 3 :  something that is fudged; especially :  a bending of rules or a compromise




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fudge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ