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See also: Bilge
Likely derived from bulge. Compare Middle English bulgen (“to ground or scuttle a ship”).
bilge (countable and uncountable, plural bilges)
- (nautical) The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides.
- (nautical) The lowest inner part of a ship's hull, where water accumulates.
- (uncountable) The water accumulated in the bilge; bilge water.
- (slang, uncountable) Stupid talk or writing; nonsense.
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- "The whole thing is the most absolute bilge and a disgrace to our legislature."
- talk bilge
- complete bilge
- The bulging part of a barrel or cask.
rounded portion of a ship's hull
lowest inner part of a ship's hull
bilge (third-person singular simple present bilges, present participle bilging, simple past and past participle bilged)
- (nautical, intransitive) To spring a leak in the bilge.
- (intransitive) To bulge or swell.
- (nautical, transitive) To break open the bilge(s) of.
From Old Turkic 𐰋𐰃𐰠𐰏𐰀 (b²il²ga /bilge/, “wise”), from 𐰋𐰃𐰠 (b²il² /bil-/, “to know”) + 𐰏𐰀 (ga /-ge/). Compare bil- (“to know”). Fallen into disuse since the 15th century, but revived in 1935 in the campaign by the Türk Dil Kurumu to replace many loanwords by words with native Turkic roots.
bilge (definite accusative bilgeyi, plural bilgeler)
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