\ 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 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 Let’s hope that Team JB fudged on the decision-making and that better hits make the final album tracklist. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Roddy Ricch Tops the Hot 100 & Billboard 200 Simultaneously," 14 Jan. 2020 The case was related to her work at an insurance company where a client asked Jaquez Estrada to fudge a figure, Scabavea, who did not represent her in the criminal case, said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "“She tried to become legal and it just became a nightmare:” A DACA recipient’s deportation and her family’s search to find her in Mexico," 3 Nov. 2019 In a breakfast nook, the designer fudged a banquette with a simple bench (a block shape like that is much cheaper to have upholstered than a built-in) and a cushion hanging on the wall behind it as a back rest. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Crazy Rental Kitchen Makeover Used Only Paint, Tape, and a Whole Lot of Creativity," 2 Dec. 2019 But when talking about higher education in general, even the Chronicle will fudge the distinction a little. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Are a College and a University Two Different Things?," 19 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To Serve: Pour hot fudge, butterscotch, and peanut butter toppings into a large bowl. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "This Disney Recipe Has 5 Kinds of Ice Cream and a Whole Can of Whipped Cream — and It Looks Delicious," 27 May 2020 Those plans aren’t completely finalized yet, but will include social distancing as well as limiting the number of people inside the store where the jarred products, fudge, refrigerated to-go casseroles, pies, cobblers and other foodstuffs are sold. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Find fresh Texas peaches and barbecue to-go at this orchard in Terrell," 13 May 2020 The meals range from potato bread to apricot and prune marmalade, scalloped cabbage, corn bread, bean and tomato stew, savory rice, poultry with peas, buckwheat chocolate cake, and chocolate fudge frosting. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cook These Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes," 16 Apr. 2020 After the main course, set out another toppings bar — this time with candy, hot fudge and sprinkles — and let everyone make their own dessert pizza, with a cookie crust. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Has coronavirus in Milwaukee canceled your child's birthday party? Here's how you can still celebrate.," 20 Mar. 2020 The dairy-free Texas Sheet Cake features chocolate cake crumbles, bittersweet fudge and cocoa. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams to open scoop shop, bring its creative flavors to the Heights," 19 Sep. 2019 There were mothers who baked fudge to pass out and their porches were always crowded. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Keep kids safe, but keep Halloween traditions," 23 Oct. 2019 The shop features 12 flavors ($4.75 for one scoop, $6.25 for two, $7 for three), including vegan (and non-vegan) toasted almond coconut fudge and the Cookie Monster, scoops of blue ice cream studded with Oreos and chocolate-chip pieces. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Flagler Village: New bars, restaurants invade funky Fort Lauderdale village," 23 Aug. 2019 Sprinkle crushed Oreo thins over hot fudge and press down gently. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ice cream cake from scratch tastes better and can be customized," 17 July 2019

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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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30 May 2020

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“Fudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fudge. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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