\ 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 The next report will be published in the fall and reading the tea leaves in D.C. gives one the sense that Treasury will continue to fudge the issue. Vasuki Shastry, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Don't get bogged down in the algorithm, the statistics or trying to fudge the system. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Metabolizing the pigments requires physiological processes that a bird can’t fudge. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 And while some companies tend to fudge the numbers by using specific testing environments, real-world testing has confirmed that wireless charging on the OnePlus 9 Pro is as fast as the company claims. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 26 Mar. 2021 But within months of the star system’s launch, members of a Medicare advisory board cautioned federal officials that nursing homes were incentivized to fudge their numbers, according to board members and former regulators. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2021 Sometimes, though, the need to compromise to get a big statute enacted will lead to compromises that fudge on some major issues, and the Court might say that agencies couldn’t deal with those details on their own. Mark Tushnet, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2020 Biden tries to fudge that point by making grand statements about the need to address planetary warming and running away from the specifics such as transitioning away from fossil fuels when he's pinned down. Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2020 And when nothing else works, says Ms. Jarrosson, teachers are obliged to fudge the rules for a moment. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While indulging in a tub of Chubby Hubby, Isabel hears a knock at the door and finds Armando holding a can of hot fudge. Max Gao, Vulture, 13 June 2021 Harden joining a team with Durant and Irving was like slathering an ice-cream sundae with several fountains of hot fudge. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 9 June 2021 By the way, the beer is brewed with 6% alcohol by volume and Carvel’s signature chocolate Crunchies, fudge and ice cream. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 7 June 2021 Be sure to order her signature cookie monster brownies, made with fudge and filled with cookie dough. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Top selling sundaes at Oscar Moon’s include hot fudge and the strawberry crumble. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 10 May 2021 They're sold by the cone or dish, in floats or as hot fudge sundaes. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 Donut flavors include apple cider, hot fudge sundae, maple, cinnamon sugar and cupcake. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 4 June 2021 But on Sunday, the couple served their final stacks of mouthwatering pancakes, signature Emberger Royal burgers and hot fudge milkshakes. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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29 May 2021

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“Fudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fudge. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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