\ ˈfəj How to pronounce fudge (audio) \
fudged; fudging

Definition of fudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to devise as a substitute : fake
b : falsify fudged the figures
2 : to fail to come to grips with : dodge fudged the issue

intransitive verb

1 : to exceed the proper bounds or limits of something feel that the author has fudged a little on the … rules for crime fictionNewsweek also : cheat fudging on an exam
2 : to fail to perform as expected
3 : to avoid commitment : hedge the government's tendency to fudge on delicate matters of policy— Claire Sterling



Definition of fudge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of fudge in a Sentence


Politicians have been known to fudge the issues. The treasurer fudged the figures. It was later discovered that the researchers had fudged their data.


We bought three kinds of fudge. His response to these charges has been a series of denials and fudges.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In The Associates, which was never published, a confident young Tampa mortgage broker named Christian Locke starts out fudging numbers before eventually expanding to tax evasion, wire fraud, and bank fraud. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The True-Crime Writer in Cellblock B4," 16 July 2019 Paper logs could be fudged pretty easily, but not the ELD, which is wired to the truck’s engine and has a display screen visible to the driver. Richard Lardner, Twin Cities, "Trump administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers," 1 July 2019 Paper logs could be fudged pretty easily, but not the ELD, which is wired to the truck's engine and has a display screen visible to the driver. Richard Lardner, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration seeks to relax limits on truckers’ drive time," 1 July 2019 His rhythms have been fudged; his operas have become occasions for vulgar high-note battles rather than displays of refinement, subtle vocalism and meticulous wedding of text and music. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’," 23 June 2019 Then Billi fudges the truth about something, and so on. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Farewell’ review: Playing a delicate game of Chinese family charades," 12 July 2019 Sony has also fudged with its console’s capabilities from the earliest days of the PlayStation. Sam Byford, The Verge, "A brief history of cutdown game consoles," 11 July 2019 In the view of a former senior EPA transportation engineer, Jeff Alson, the administration’s claims of environment leadership are ‘‘truly Orwellian.’’ Alson has accused the administration of fudging data to support easing vehicle mileage standards. Kevin Freking, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump raises eyebrows in promoting his environment record," 8 July 2019 Among their claims: Outgoing sheriffs pocketed public money, fudged financial reports, wasted sheriff’s office funds and destroyed or stole public property. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Justice ReMix’d is described as cinnamon and chocolate ice cream with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies. BostonGlobe.com, "More than half of state AGs preparing probe into Google for possible antitrust violations," 4 Sep. 2019 Justice ReMix’d is described as cinnamon and chocolate ice cream with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies. Time, "Ben & Jerry's Debuts 'Justice ReMix'd' Flavor to Promote Criminal Justice Reform," 3 Sep. 2019 Pick your favorite soft ice cream flavor and a topping, from chocolate to hot fudge to caramel. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "BOGO sundaes at Carvel on Wednesdays," 31 July 2019 Even within that mind-set, their cases burst with more than 60 desserts at a time: red velvet cake, key lime pie, salted caramel fudge cake, peanut butter cookies, rugelach, cupcakes, mini cupcakes — and carrot cake, always. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Carrot cake keeps bakery Sweet Things going for more than 40 years," 30 July 2019 Executive pastry chef Janina O’Leary also crosses the decades with desserts ranging from a nostalgic Peach Melba with raspberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream ($14) to a Chocolate Midnight Cake with salted caramel and fudge sauce ($13). Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: Selby’s, the Bay Area’s sumptuous new supper club," 22 July 2019 The second new offering, the Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake, features cherry cheesecake on a layer of fudge cake, loaded with cherries and Ghirardelli chocolate. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Cheesecake Factory offering half-price deal for National Cheesecake Day," 31 July 2018 Desserts include Southern pecan pie, a loaded fudge brownie, bourbon bread pudding and red velvet cake. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018 And here’s a pro tip: Skip the (totally decent!) shake and get a hot-fudge sundae with peppermint stick ice cream. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of fudge


1674, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fudge


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English Language Learners Definition of fudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of fudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a soft, sweet brown candy
: a statement that does not deal with a problem or issue in a direct way


\ ˈfəj How to pronounce fudge (audio) \

Kids Definition of fudge

: a soft creamy candy chocolate fudge

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