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noun (1)

gud·​geon ˈgə-jən How to pronounce gudgeon (audio)
: a socket for a rudder pintle


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noun (2)

: a small European freshwater fish (Gobio gobio) related to the carps and often used for food or bait

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English gojoun, from Middle French goujon

Noun (2)

Middle English gojune, from Anglo-French gojoun, from Latin gobion-, gobio, alteration of gobius — more at goby

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gudgeon was in the 15th century

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“Gudgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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