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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. According to Chambers, from Old English fegan (to join or fit together); Liberman suggests a Middle English variant of fagot (bundle of sticks).


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).
  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.
  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, but potentially from or related to Old English faċġ (flat-fish, plaice, flounder).


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
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • 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
  • Chambers, William (1893): Chambers's English Dictionary, Pronouncing, Explanatory, and Etymological, with Vocabularies of Scottish Words and Phrases, Americanisms
  • Liberman, Anatoly: An Analytic Dictionary of the English Etymology: An Introduction