Gudgeon Gud"geon (g[u^]j"[u^]n), n. [OE. gojon, F. goujon, from L. gobio, or gobius, Gr. kwbio`s Cf. {1st Goby}. ] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

2. What may be got without skill or merit. [1913 Webster]

Fish not, with this melancholy bait, For this fool gudgeon, this opinion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A person easily duped or cheated. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mach.) 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 esp. the end journal of a horizontal. [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) A metal eye or socket attached to the sternpost to receive the pintle of the rudder. [1913 Webster]

{Ball gudgeon}. See under {Ball}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Gudgeon — Gud geon, v. t. To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe; to impose upon. [R.] [1913 Webster] To be gudgeoned of the opportunities which had been given you. Sir IV. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gudgeon — gudgeon1 [guj′ən] n. [ME gogeon < OFr goujon < L gobio < Gr kōbios] 1. any of a genus (Gobio) of small, European, freshwater cyprinoid fishes that are easily caught and used for bait 2. any of various other fishes, as a goby or killifish …   English World dictionary

  • Gudgeon — For the freshwater fish, see gudgeon (fish). In general, a gudgeon is a circular fitting, often made of metal, which is fixed onto some surface. It allows for the pivoting of another fixture. It is generally used with a pintle, which is a male… …   Wikipedia

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  • gudgeon — I. /ˈgʌdʒən/ (say gujuhn) noun 1. (plural gudgeon or gudgeons) any of various species of small marine and freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, as the snakehead gudgeon, Ophiocara aporos, of northern Australia. 2. (plural gudgeon or gudgeons) a …   Australian English dictionary

  • Gudgeon — Recorded as Gudgeon, Gudgion, Gudgen and Gudgin, this is an English surname. However it is French in origin from the word goujon, the name of a fish considered easy to catch. As such the surname may have been a nickname for a fisherman, or for a… …   Surnames reference

  • gudgeon — gudgeon1 /guj euhn/, n. 1. a small, European, freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, of the minnow family, having a threadlike barbel at each corner of the mouth, used as bait. 2. any of certain related fishes. 3. a person who is easily duped or cheated.… …   Universalium

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  • gudgeon — 1. n. 1 a small European freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, often used as bait. 2 a credulous or easily fooled person. Etymology: ME f. OF goujon f. L gobio onis GOBY 2. n. 1 any of various kinds of pivot working a wheel, bell, etc. 2 the tubular part …   Useful english dictionary

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