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Meaning of GUDGEON

Pronunciation:  'gujun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small slender European freshwater fish often used as bait by anglers
  2. [n]  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

GUDGEON is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: Gobio gobio, goby
 See Also: cyprinid, cyprinid fish, family Gobiidae, genus Gobio, Gobiidae, Gobio, mudskipper, mudspringer, percoid, percoid fish, percoidean



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gud"geon\, n. [OE. gojon, F. goujon, from L. gobio, or
    gob, Gr. ? 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.}
    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. --Swift.
    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.
    6. (Naut.) A metal eye or socket attached to the sternpost to
       receive the pintle of the rudder.
    {Ball gudgeon}. See under {Ball}.
  2. \Gud"geon\, v. t.
    To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe; to impose upon.
          To be gudgeoned of the opportunities which had been
          given you.                               --Sir IV.
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