\ˈfəj \
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

Either way, any pile of living or once-living ingredients eventually becomes compost, recognizable as a dark brown, crumbly fudge with a woodsy smell. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 2018 Ultimately, there’s no way to mathematically fudge your way past encounters. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018 Casting a shadow over the process is the Irish border issue, still considered the most complex problem in the negotiations, one that provoked a crisis in December before a fudged, last-minute compromise was reached. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "U.K. Reaches Brexit Transition Deal With E.U.," 19 Mar. 2018 Another article in The New York Post has similarly fudged Maurer’s partisan affiliation to make the same point. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Does criticizing Trump make his base like him more?," 24 June 2018 Fifteen years of forced hard labor, bound ankle to wrist in chains, simply wasn’t proportionate to the offense of fudging a payroll ledger. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Cruel and Unusual, Amazon and PillPack, Biotech IPO Madness," 28 June 2018 Unscrupulous politicians will be tempted to fudge figures to win votes, or to give lenders false reassurance. The Economist, "The hounding of Greece’s former statistics chief is disturbing," 14 June 2018 The number was considered by some advocates and the press to be dubious, especially given recent revelations that the city had fudged lead paint inspections in public housing units for years. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 Dairy Queen: Paying homage to the new Jurassic World movie, the chain’s new limited Jurassic Chomp Blizzard includes peanut butter bites and fudge topping. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Restaurants compete to have this summer's coolest and wackiest drinks," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Parfait, a shop in the Ballard neighborhood, pasteurizes its own ice cream base onsite and makes everything from fudge brownies to sprinkles from scratch. Morgan Goldberg, USA TODAY, "The Emerald City's ultimate ice cream trail," 18 June 2018 This week's fudge flavors will include dark chocolate pecan, strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter explosion and chocolate walnut. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Feed your Super Bowl party guests right with seafood from local markets," 31 Jan. 2018 Do as the locals do: grab a bag of fudge from E.H. Hobb's candy shop, located on the park's eastern edge; snag a bench overlooking the water; and watch the sunset before heading to dinner. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 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 An ice cream shop in Hartford is missing a hot fudge sundae dish after a recent celebrity visit. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Actor Vin Diesel visited an ice cream shop in Wisconsin and walked away with the glass sundae dish," 30 May 2018 The fudge had solidified a little bit, but everything else was great. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Creamistry is here to fog up the Fort Worth ice-cream scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 May 2018 The menu included pickled beet salad; striped bass, chicken paillard and vegan rice bowls; with frozen lime yogurt and Dutch chocolate fudge cake for dessert. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary J. Blige and Dakota and Elle Fanning attend star-studded power stylists dinner," 22 Mar. 2018 There are no waterslides, fudge shops or trolley tours. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 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


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Kids Definition of fudge

: a soft creamy candy chocolate fudge

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