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gudgeon 1

Syllabification: gudg·eon
Pronunciation: /ˈɡəjən/

noun

1A small, edible, European freshwater fish, often used as bait by anglers.
  • Gobio gobio, family Cyprinidae
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with gudgeon

bludgeon, curmudgeon, dudgeon, trudgen

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gudgeon 2 Syllabification: gudg·eon
Pronunciation: /ˈɡəjən/

noun

1A pivot or spindle on which a bell or other object swings or rotates.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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