\ 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

Verb Politicians have been known to fudge the issues. The treasurer fudged the figures. It was later discovered that the researchers had fudged their data. Noun 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 Smith, then a 20-something dishwasher at Jaxson’s, had little experience making a sandwich, let alone fudge ripple, so Udell asked him to shadow Moses, Jaxson’s ice cream maker at the time. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Cleveland’s Old Fashion Ice Cream, from Jaxson’s longtime ice cream maker, opens in Miramar," 27 Aug. 2020 To try to fudge the broken economics of recycling, the US used to sell oodles of plastic waste to China to process, but China nixed that deal in 2018 to boost its own domestic garbage collection. Matt Simon, Wired, "You Don't Need Single-Use Plastic Bags. You Need a Mask," 13 July 2020 Buffett was referring to businesses that took on too much debt or that banked on a continuation of boom times to fudge a financial vulnerability, legal or otherwise. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: COVID-19 recession exposed cracks in the nation’s economic foundation that were long ignored," 20 June 2020 Despite their great esteem for Tom’s father, the co-authors have not fudged the truth. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, "What happened to the film career of Preston Sturges? His son investigates.," 24 Oct. 2019 The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit say Facebook is still fudging. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Facebook’s bogus video claims just cost it $40 million, but they caused much more damage," 10 Oct. 2019 Never again, regulators vowed, would real estate financiers be able to fudge numbers and threaten the entire economy. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, "Whistleblower: Wall Street Has Engaged in Widespread Manipulation of Mortgage Funds," 15 May 2020 His stint there ended in 2010 with an equally surprising scandal: the disclosure that Mr. Hurd had had a relationship with a female consultant to the company and had fudged some related expense reports. BostonGlobe.com, "Mark Hurd, co-chief executive of Oracle, is dead at 62 - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 That's thanks to fudge, brittle, candy corn and waffle cones prepared on site. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best dessert bars and chocolate shops in and around Indianapolis," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two of her latest artisanal, locally made ice creams are Abuela Maria, made with guava and cream cheese, and Moose Tracks, made with vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge and peanut butter cups. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s the scoop on over-the-top ice cream desserts (and other frozen treats)," 2 Sep. 2020 It’s called Cookies & Cream Remix and is made with pink vanilla ice cream, crunchy cookie bites, and fudge. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Fans of Selena Gomez and Blackpink Are Freaking Out Over Their New Collab, ‘Ice Cream’," 28 Aug. 2020 After testing out countless combinations, the resulting pint is a pink vanilla ice cream filled with crunchy cookie bits and swirled with gobs of gooey fudge. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Shares Teaser for New 'Ice Cream' Music Video with BLACKPINK," 27 Aug. 2020 The 2,500-square-foot sugar shack opened last weekend with 48 ice-cream flavors made on premises — many exotic — along with homemade fruit toppings, whipped cream and fudge. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Cleveland’s Old Fashion Ice Cream, from Jaxson’s longtime ice cream maker, opens in Miramar," 27 Aug. 2020 Beat in 1 cup walnuts and immediately scrape fudge into prepared pan, spreading to edges. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Maple, Cinnamon, and Walnut Fudge," 8 Aug. 2020 The blend of mint cookies and cream, fudge and CBD was created by JUSTice Cream , a nonprofit ice cream shop focused not just on the flavors, but benefiting grassroots organizations like BLM Chicago. Lauren Leazenby, chicagotribune.com, "JUSTice Cream offers sweet social justice model for nonprofits — and ice cream shops," 5 Aug. 2020 Every day, Buc-ee’s fills a display with multiple types of fudge made in-house the old-fashioned way. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Most Hilariously Southern Things You Can Find at Buc-ee’s," 19 June 2020 The Key Lime pie ($4.25) is rich, though not very tangy, and the hot fudge two-brownie and ice cream cake ($2.95) looks like Kilimanjaro with snow on top. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Best of Polly Campbell: A Hemingway-style review of Sloppy Joe's in Newport (1997)," 16 June 2020

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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


origin unknown

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“Fudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fudge. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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