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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown.


fadge (third-person singular simple present fadges, present participle fadging, simple past and past participle fadged)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be suitable (with or to something).
    • Wycherley
      Well, Sir, how fadges the new design?
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To agree, to get along (with).
    • Milton
      They shall be made, spite of antipathy, to fadge together.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To get on well; to cope, to thrive.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      I can never fadge well: for I am at such a stay, that except for health and life, there is nothing I will take the paines to fret my selfe about, or will purchase at so high a rate as to trouble my wits for it, or be constrained thereunto.
  4. (Geordie) To eat together.
  5. (Yorkshire, of a horse) To move with a gait between a jog and a trot.

Etymology 2[edit]

Etymology uncertain.


fadge (plural fadges)

  1. (Ireland) Irish potato bread; a flat farl, griddle-baked, often served fried.
  2. (New Zealand) A wool pack, traditionally made of jute, now often synthetic.
  3. (Geordie) A small loaf or bun made with left-over dough.
  4. (Yorkshire) A gait of horses between a jog and a trot.


  • fadge in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[1]
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [2]
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4[3]