verb \ˈfəj\

: 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

transitive verb
a :  to devise as a substitute :  fake
b :  falsify <fudged the figures>
:  to fail to come to grips with :  dodge <fudged the issue>
intransitive verb
:  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>
:  to fail to perform as expected
:  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



: a soft, sweet brown candy

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

Full Definition of FUDGE

:  foolish nonsense —often used interjectionally to express annoyance, disappointment, or disbelief
:  a soft creamy candy made typically of sugar, milk, butter, and flavoring
:  something that is fudged; especially :  a bending of rules or a compromise

Examples of FUDGE

  1. We bought three kinds of fudge.
  2. His response to these charges has been a series of denials and fudges.

First Known Use of FUDGE


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FUDGED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈfəj\

Definition of FUDGE for Kids

:  a soft creamy candy <chocolate fudge>


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