Definition of gudgeon :
1. A metal eye or socket attached to the sternpost to receive the pintle of the rudder.
2. A person easily duped or cheated.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe; to impose upon.
6. What may be got without skill or merit.
- The phrase " greedy gudgeon" suggests that in this case a certain amount of character had been noticed in the fish. - "The Romance of Names", Ernest Weekley.
- Mother Gudgeon is sittin' as his model. - "Aylwin", Theodore Watts-Dunton.
- Wilderspin had described to me the room occupied by Mrs. Gudgeon, so I went at once upstairs. - "Aylwin", Theodore Watts-Dunton.