\ 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 leaders of China’s 32 regions are under heavy pressure to meet growth targets set by the national government, and local statistical agencies fudge the numbers to hit those targets. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "China’s regional GDP numbers are suspect, but still worth watching," 12 Nov. 2019 My advice: To preserve your personal info and keep your inbox from spiraling out of control, create a dedicated email account for online loyalty programs and e-clubs. Don’t be afraid to fudge your birth date or year. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "A guide to products and services you didn’t know you could get free," 10 July 2019 In Washington, the Trump Administration fudged its reaction to Mugabe’s death. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Robert Mugabe and the Fate of Democracy in Africa," 9 Sep. 2019 Both now associate with the movement, though each tried to fudge this somewhat during their respective campaigns. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "By Barring Two Congresswomen, Trump and Netanyahu Set a Trap for Democrats," 18 Aug. 2019 In The Associates, which was never published, a confident young Tampa mortgage broker named Christian Locke starts out fudging numbers before eventually expanding to tax evasion, wire fraud, and bank fraud. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The True-Crime Writer in Cellblock B4," 16 July 2019 Paper logs could be fudged pretty easily, but not the ELD, which is wired to the truck’s engine and has a display screen visible to the driver. Richard Lardner, Twin Cities, "Trump administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers," 1 July 2019 Paper logs could be fudged pretty easily, but not the ELD, which is wired to the truck's engine and has a display screen visible to the driver. Richard Lardner, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration seeks to relax limits on truckers’ drive time," 1 July 2019 His rhythms have been fudged; his operas have become occasions for vulgar high-note battles rather than displays of refinement, subtle vocalism and meticulous wedding of text and music. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’," 23 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Save a sip for the mini doughnuts filled with dulce de leche and accompanied by raspberry Chambord and hot fudge dipping sauce. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s new for Restaurant Week? A cocktail course!," 19 Sep. 2019 Justice ReMix’d is cinnamon and chocolate ice cream with cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies. SFChronicle.com, "Lego’s earnings; Ben & Jerry’s new flavor; Tesla Model 3 completely vegan," 3 Sep. 2019 Her homemade fudge and success at encouraging people to bake for the Christmas Fair are renowned! courant.com, "Marilyn B. Romanski," 1 Aug. 2019 However, what might be possible is the new prime minister selling a fudge. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The UK might be living through its own post-truth Trump moment," 29 June 2019 Use the edges of the parchment to pull the fudge out of the pan. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the high-fat, low-carb keto diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 11 June 2019 According to Fox 35, Buc-ee’s new location will span a 50,000-square-foot travel center with 120 fueling stations and thousands of snack and food options, including Texas barbecue, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver nuggets, jerky, and pastries. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Popular gas station Buc-ee’s to open its first Florida location: report," 16 Sep. 2019 Grab a friend and try the Jumbo Fudge Royale — four scoops of French vanilla ice cream surrounded with bananas and fudge, all in a giant clamshell. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "It’s not over yet — here are 25 things you should do in Chicago before the end of summer," 29 Aug. 2019 The flavor profile for the Time Traveler roller coaster — the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster — includes chocolate silk, fudge, caramel and marshmallow. Diana Lambdin Meyer, Dallas News, "Culinary school cooks up excitement at Silver Dollar City," 30 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


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15 Nov 2019

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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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