There are 2 definitions of gudgeon in English:

gudgeon1

Syllabification: gudg·eon
Pronunciation: /ˈgəjən
 
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noun

  • 1A small, edible, European freshwater fish, often used as bait by anglers.
    • Gobio gobio, family Cyprinidae
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    • There are also rudd, bream, eels, gudgeon, crucian carp, tench, minnows, perch, sticklebacks, the odd trout, pike and barbel present.
    • There were very large numbers of gudgeon, roach, dace, chub and skimmer bream stranded in the field following the floodbank breaching and whilst this resulted in some deaths, a large number were returned to the river.
    • By the time he was ten, exactly 50 years ago, he had proper tackle and had graduated to fishing the River Aire which teamed with fish: trout, roach, chub and gudgeon, all species which thrive in fast flowing, clean waters.
  • 2 archaic A credulous or easily fooled person.
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    • Has the old gudgeon never heard of a celebratory glass of champagne?

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French goujon, from Latin gobio(n-), from gobius 'goby'.

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Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
noun
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There are 2 definitions of gudgeon in English:

gudgeon2

Syllabification: gudg·eon
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈgəjən/

noun

  • 1A pivot or spindle on which a bell or other object swings or rotates.
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    • Between rings, the bell wheels squeaked in their gudgeons like an old barn door.
  • 1.1The tubular part of a hinge into which the pin fits to unite the joint.
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    • As far as the engine is concerned, it has all the latest technology in its manufacture, with race-spec wrist pins on the gudgeons, oil sprayed special pistons, you name it.
  • 1.2A socket at the stern of a vessel, into which a rudder is fitted.
  • 1.3A pin holding two blocks of stone together.
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    • Five or six head staves are fitted together with wooden dowels or stainless steel gudgeons (headless nails).

Origin

Middle English: from Old French goujon, diminutive of gouge (see gouge).

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Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
noun
used to address an English nobleman