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fudge

verb \ ˈfəj \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of fudge

fudged; fudging
transitive verb
1 a : 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 fiction
  • Newsweek
; 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

Examples of fudge in a Sentence

  1. Politicians have been known to fudge the issues.

  2. The treasurer fudged the figures.

  3. It was later discovered that the researchers had fudged their data.

Recent Examples of fudge from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fudge

origin unknown


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fudge

noun

Definition of fudge

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

Examples of fudge in a Sentence

  1. We bought three kinds of fudge.

  2. His response to these charges has been a series of denials and fudges.

Recent Examples of fudge from the Web

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First Known Use of fudge

1766



FUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

fudge

verb

Definition of fudge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


fudge

noun

Definition of fudge for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, sweet brown candy

  • : a statement that does not deal with a problem or issue in a direct way


FUDGE Defined for Kids

fudge

noun \ ˈfəj \

Definition of fudge for Students

: a soft creamy candy
  • chocolate fudge


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