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fudge1

[fuhj] /fʌdʒ/
noun
1.
a soft candy made of sugar, butter, milk, chocolate, and sometimes nuts.
Origin of fudge1
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; of uncertain origin; the word was early in its history associated with college campuses, where fudge-making was popular; however, attempts to explain it as a derivative of fudge3 (preparing the candy supposedly being an excuse to “fudge” on dormitory rules) are dubious and probably after-the-fact speculation

fudge2

[fuhj] /fʌdʒ/
noun
1.
nonsense or foolishness (often used interjectionally).
verb (used without object), fudged, fudging.
2.
to talk nonsense.
Origin
1690-1700; origin uncertain; cf. fudge3

fudge3

[fuhj] /fʌdʒ/
verb (used without object), fudged, fudging.
1.
to cheat or welsh (often followed by on):
to fudge on an exam; to fudge on one's campaign promises.
2.
to avoid coming to grips with something:
to fudge on an issue.
3.
to exaggerate a cost, estimate, etc., in order to allow leeway for error.
verb (used with object), fudged, fudging.
4.
to avoid coming to grips with (a subject, issue, etc.); evade; dodge:
to fudge a direct question.
noun
5.
a small stereotype or a few lines of specially prepared type, bearing a newspaper bulletin, for replacing a detachable part of a page plate without the need to replate the entire page.
6.
the bulletin thus printed, often in color.
7.
a machine or attachment for printing such a bulletin.
Origin
1665-75; origin uncertain; in earliest sense, “to contrive clumsily,” perhaps expressive variant of fadge to fit, agree, do (akin to Middle English feien to put together, join, Old English fēgan); unclear if fudge1 and fudge2 are developments of this word or independent coinages
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British Dictionary definitions for fudge

fudge1

/fʌdʒ/
noun
1.
a soft variously flavoured sweet made from sugar, butter, cream, etc
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

fudge2

/fʌdʒ/
noun
1.
foolishness; nonsense
interjection
2.
a mild exclamation of annoyance
verb
3.
(intransitive) to talk foolishly or emptily
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin

fudge3

/fʌdʒ/
noun
1.
a small section of type matter in a box in a newspaper allowing late news to be included without the whole page having to be remade
2.
the box in which such type matter is placed
3.
the late news so inserted
4.
a machine attached to a newspaper press for printing this
5.
an unsatisfactory compromise reached to evade a difficult problem or controversial issue
verb
6.
(transitive) to make or adjust in a false or clumsy way
7.
(transitive) to misrepresent; falsify
8.
to evade (a problem, issue, etc); dodge; avoid
Word Origin
C19: see fadge
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Word Origin and History for fudge
v.

"put together clumsily or dishonestly," 1610s, perhaps an alteration of fadge "make suit, fit" (1570s), of unknown origin. As an interjection meaning "lies, nonsense" from 1766; the noun meaning "nonsense" is 1791. It could be a natural extension from the verb. But Farmer suggests provincial French fuche, feuche, "an exclamation of contempt from Low German futsch = begone."

The traditional English story traces fudge in this sense to a sailor's retort to anything considered lies or nonsense, from Captain Fudge, "who always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies" [Isaac Disraeli, 1791, citing a pamphlet from 1700]. It seems there really was a late 17c. Captain Fudge, called "Lying Fudge," and perhaps his name reinforced this form of fadge in the sense of "contrive without the necessary materials." The surname is from Fuche, a pet form of the masc. proper name Fulcher, from Germanic and meaning literally "people-army."

n.

type of confection, 1895, American English, apparently a word first used among students at women's colleges; perhaps a special use of fudge (v.).

'He lies,' answered Lord Etherington, 'so far as he pretends I know of such papers. I consider the whole story as froth -- foam, fudge, or whatever is most unsubstantial. ...' [Scott, "St. Ronan's Well," 1823]

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Slang definitions & phrases for fudge

fudge

interjection

A mild exclamation of surprise, disappointment, etc; darn (1766+)

verb
  1. To cheat or misrepresent slightly; deviate somewhat: so I could fudge three or fourincheson myheight/ ifyou're fudging onyourincome tax return (1660s+)
  2. To rub someone to orgasm; frig (1950s+)

[first verb sense said to be fr the name of a Royal Navy Captain Fudge, ''by some called Lying Fudge''; sailors, hearing a lie told, exclaimed ''You fudge it!'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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fudge in Technology


1. To perform in an incomplete but marginally acceptable way, particularly with respect to the writing of a program. "I didn't feel like going through that pain and suffering, so I fudged it - I'll fix it later."
2. The resulting code.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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