1A small edible European freshwater fish, often used as bait by anglers.
Gobio gobio, family Cyprinidae‘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.’
- ‘The Environment Agency was called in by British Waterways after the fish - mainly gudgeon and roach - were seen in distress in the Aire and Calder Navigation at Castleford.’
- ‘Brian caught his first fish, a gudgeon, from the river Tees as a young boy in the 1940's fishing with a Bakelite float.’
2archaic A credulous or easily fooled person.
- ‘Has the old gudgeon never heard of a celebratory glass of champagne?’
Late Middle English from Old French goujon, from Latin gobio(n-), from gobius ‘goby’.
1A pivot or spindle on which a bell or other object swings or rotates.
- ‘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.
- ‘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 boat, into which a rudder is fitted.
- 1.3A pin holding two blocks of stone together.
- ‘Five or six head staves are fitted together with wooden dowels or stainless steel gudgeons (headless nails).’
Middle English from Old French goujon, diminutive of gouge (see gouge).