\ 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 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 Among their claims: Outgoing sheriffs pocketed public money, fudged financial reports, wasted sheriff’s office funds and destroyed or stole public property. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection," 12 June 2019 Photo: Strava The growing popularity of health and exercise apps has led to more people fudging on their fitness. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ready, Set, Cheat: Electric Bikers Zoom Past Mad Pedalers on Cycling App," 4 Jan. 2019 The mining race is meant to be hard so that no one can dominate the accounting and fudge the records. Nathaniel Popper, New York Times, "There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite," 21 Jan. 2018 But also: People who don't know all of the intricate laws surrounding intellectual property often fudge the rules. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Every Tech Ad Use the Same Song? Because of This Man.," 26 Feb. 2019 As the heat on him has grown, so have the concerns about his temperament, his history of drinking, and his willingness to fudge the truth on small details. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Everything that’s happened since the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing, explained," 2 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 1950s soda fountain sundae toppings were simple — chocolate, hot fudge, marshmallow, pineapple, strawberry — and maybe wet walnuts, for the wickedly indulgent. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "World's First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years Later," 27 June 2019 The 24-hour restaurant, located at 4211 W. Riverside Drive, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month, and to commemorate the occasion, the eatery has been offering 70-cent hot-fudge cakes, which will be available through Thursday. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Bob’s Big Boy celebrates 70th anniversary with a 70-cent dessert deal for the occasion," 25 June 2019 Bakers Sarah and David Duffy bake lots of flavors including mint chocolate, Boston cream pie, caramel cappuccino and hot fudge sundae. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here are all the new restaurants coming to Bottleworks District on Mass Ave.," 12 Aug. 2017 Keller’s offers a corn maze, hay wagon rides, a petting zoo and a plethora of fall treats, like apple cider doughnuts and fudge. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get moving this fall with the Great Pumpkin Run," 13 Sep. 2017 Neapolitan Joe Joe's Ice Cream Coming out in late spring/early summer, Neapolitan Joe Joe’s Ice Cream is a delicious mix of vanilla and strawberry ice cream with chocolate fudge pieces and dark chocolate swirl. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Trader Joe's Is Releasing 7 New Products for Spring and Summer," 9 Apr. 2019 Andrews uses vanilla ice cream, but chocolate fanciers can go that route, or get the best of both worlds by using fudge ripple. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Refresh your St. Patrick’s Day menu with Irish seafood and a Guinness dessert," 9 Mar. 2018 Battaglia Deli offers menu for sale, including fudge, soft pretzels, and pickles. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Free and fun things to do in Cincinnati this weekend," 21 Mar. 2018 Maple fudge and honey aromas led to apple skin, ripe apricot, steely minerality, mouth-filling softness and a distinct, nutty finish. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 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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