Definition of Gudgeon

1. Noun. Small spiny-finned fish of coastal or brackish waters having a large head and elongated tapering body having the ventral fins modified as a sucker.

Exact synonyms: Goby
Generic synonyms: Percoid, Percoid Fish, Percoidean
Group relationships: Family Gobiidae, Gobiidae
Specialized synonyms: Mudskipper, Mudspringer



2. Noun. Small slender European freshwater fish often used as bait by anglers.
Exact synonyms: Gobio Gobio
Generic synonyms: Cyprinid, Cyprinid Fish
Group relationships: Genus Gobio, Gobio

Definition of Gudgeon

1. n. A small European freshwater fish (Gobio fluviatilis), allied to the carp. It is easily caught and often used for food and for bait. In America the killifishes or minnows are often called gudgeons.

2. v. t. To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe; to impose upon.

Definition of Gudgeon

1. Noun. A small freshwater fish, ''Gobio gobio'', that is native to Eurasia. ¹

2. Noun. Any of various similar small fish of the family Eleotridae, often used as bait. ¹

3. Noun. An idiot. ¹

4. Noun. A type of bearing: a circular fitting, often made of metal, which is fixed onto some surface and allows for the pivoting of another fixture. ¹

5. Noun. (nautical) Specifically, in a vessel with a stern-mounted rudder, the fitting into which the pintle of the rudder fits to allow the rudder to swing freely. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gudgeon

1. to dupe [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: dupe

Medical Definition of Gudgeon

1. 1. A small European freshwater fish (Gobio fluviatilis), allied to the carp. It is easily caught and often used for food and for bait. In America the killifishes or minnows are often called gudgeons. 2. What may be got without skill or merit. "Fish not, with this melancholy bait, For this fool gudgeon, this opinion." (Shak) 3. A person easily duped or cheated. 4. The pin of iron fastened in the end of a wooden shaft or axle, on which it turns; formerly, any journal, or pivot, or bearing, as the pintle and eye of a hinge, but especially. The end journal of a horizontal. 6. A metal eye or socket attached to the sternpost to receive the pintle of the rudder. Ball gudgeon. See Ball. Origin: OE. Gojon, F. Goujon, from L. Gobio, or gob, Gr. Cf. 1st Goby. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gudgeon

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gucky
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guddle
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guddles
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gude
gudeman
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gudes
gudesire
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gudewife
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gudgeon (current term)
gudgeon pin
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guelder rose
guelder roses
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guembri
guembris
guenon
guenon monkey

Literary usage of Gudgeon

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1. The Various Writings of Cornelius Mathews by Cornelius Mathews (1863)
"MRS gudgeon. What look has this young man ? I think I know the Gosses. KATE. ... gudgeon. And a mole on his chin ?—I know the Gosses ta if they were ..."

2. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"gudgeon. A gudgeon being the bait for many of the larger fish, to swallow a gudgeon was sometimes used for to be caught or deceived ; as, ..."

3. The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton (1904)
"CHAPTER XV Observations of the gudgeon, the Ruffe, and the Bleak, ... The gudgeon is reputed a fish of excellent taste, and to be very wholesome ..."

4. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"gudgeon. A gudgeon being the bait for many of the larger fish, to swallow a gudgeon was sometimes used for to be caught or deceived ; as, Taylor'i Worin, ..."

5. Practical Essays on Mill Work and Other Machinery by Robertson Buchanan, Thomas Tredgold (1841)
"Taking it for granted that this proportion is near the truth, we may find the diameter which any wrought iron gudgeon ought to have when its lateral ..."

6. Fishing by Henry Cholmondeley-Pennell, William Senior, Robert Bright Marston, John Popkin Traherne, Henry Ralph Francis, H. S. Hall, Thomas Andrews, William Alleyne Cecil Exeter, George Christopher Davies (1885)
"gudgeon^ AND BLEAK* APART from the interest which bleak and gudgeon possess as baits to the pike and trout fisher, they are by no means without attractions ..."

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