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See also: Fudge
Probably a variant of fadge (“to fit”), the confectionery sense having evolved from the meaning of “merging together” or “turning out as expected”.
- (chiefly uncountable) A type of very sweet candy or confection, usually made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream.
- Have you tried the vanilla fudge? It's delicious!
- (uncountable) Light or frothy nonsense.
- (countable) A deliberately misleading or vague answer.
- (uncountable, dated) A made-up story.
- (countable) A less than perfect decision or solution; an attempt to fix an incorrect solution after the fact.
a very sweet confection
light or frothy nonsense
deliberately misleading or vague answer
a made-up story; nonsense; humbug
a less than perfect decision or solution
- (intransitive) To try to avoid giving a direct answer.
- (transitive) To alter something from its true state, as to hide a flaw or uncertainty. Always deliberate, but not necessarily dishonest or immoral.
- The results of the experiment looked impressive, but it turned out the numbers had been fudged.
- I had to fudge the lighting to get the color to look good.
- Do you fudge your age?
- (dated, transitive, intransitive) To botch or bungle something.
- To cheat, especially in the game of marbles.
To try to avoid giving a direct answer
To alter something from its true state
- (colloquial, minced oath) Used in place of fuck.
- (colloquial, archaic) Nonsense; tommyrot.
- 1871, George Eliot, Middlemarch:
- Oh, fudge! Don't lecture me.
euphemism for "fuck!"