1 [fuhj]

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

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2 [fuhj]
nonsense or foolishness (often used interjectionally).
verb (used without object), fudged, fudging.
to talk nonsense.

1690–1700; origin uncertain; cf. fudge3


3 [fuhj]
verb (used without object), fudged, fudging.
to cheat or welsh (often followed by on ): to fudge on an exam; to fudge on one's campaign promises.
to avoid coming to grips with something: to fudge on an issue.
to exaggerate a cost, estimate, etc., in order to allow leeway for error.
verb (used with object), fudged, fudging.
to avoid coming to grips with (a subject, issue, etc.); evade; dodge: to fudge a direct question.
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.
the bulletin thus printed, often in color.
a machine or attachment for printing such a bulletin.

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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fudge1 (fʌdʒ)
a soft variously flavoured sweet made from sugar, butter, cream, etc
[C19: of unknown origin]

fudge2 (fʌdʒ)
1.  foolishness; nonsense
2.  a mild exclamation of annoyance
3.  (intr) to talk foolishly or emptily
[C18: of uncertain origin]

fudge3 (fʌdʒ)
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
6.  (tr) to make or adjust in a false or clumsy way
7.  (tr) to misrepresent; falsify
8.  to evade (a problem, issue, etc); dodge; avoid
[C19: see fadge]

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Word Origin & History

1674, alteration of M.E. fadge "make suit, fit," of unknown origin. The traditional story (attested from 1791) traces fudge in this sense to a Captain Fudge, "who always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies." It seems there really was a late 17c. Captain Fudge, called "Lying Fudge," and perhaps
his name influenced the form of fadge in the sense of "contrive without the necessary materials."

1896, Amer.Eng., perhaps a special use of fudge (v.). Interjection is 1766 (Oh, fudge), and the n. meaning "nonsense" is 1791.
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Slang Dictionary

fudge definition

  1. in.
    to cheat; to deceive (someone). (Disguise of fuck.) : Bill, you're fudging. Wait till the starting gun fires.
  2. n.
    nonsense; deception. : I've heard enough of your fudge. Let's get honest, okay?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Computing Dictionary

fudge definition

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]

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Encyclopedia Britannica


creamy candy made with butter, sugar, milk, and usually chocolate, cooked together and beaten to a soft, smooth texture. Fudge may be thought of as having a consistency harder than that of fondant (q.v.) and softer than that of hard chocolate. According to most recipes, the ingredients of fudge are cooked to what is termed in kitchen parlance the soft ball stage, that point between 234 and 240 F (112 and 115 C) at which a small ball of the candy dropped in ice water neither disintegrates nor flattens when picked up with the fingers. Butter and vanilla are added as the candy cools, then the mass is beaten until creamy, poured into a pan, and cut into squares. Often sour cream is substituted for milk and butter, and nut meats or raisins may be stirred into the fudge.

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