from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small Eurasian freshwater fish (Gobio gobio) related to the carp and used for bait.
- n. Any of various similar or related fishes.
- n. Slang One who is easily duped.
- n. A metal pivot or journal at the end of a shaft or an axle, around which a wheel or other device turns.
- n. The socket of a hinge into which a pin fits.
- n. A metal pin that joins two pieces of stone.
- n. Nautical The socket for the pintle of a rudder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, that is native to Eurasia.
- n. Any of various similar small fish of the family Eleotridae, often used as bait.
- n. An idiot.
- n. A type of bearing: a circular fitting, often made of metal, which is fixed onto some surface and allows for the pivoting of another fixture.
- n. Specifically, in a vessel with a stern-mounted rudder, the fitting into which the pintle of the rudder fits to allow the rudder to swing freely.
- v. To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. What may be got without skill or merit.
- n. A person easily duped or cheated.
- n. 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.
- n. A metal eye or socket attached to the sternpost to receive the pintle of the rudder.
- transitive v. To deprive fraudulently; to cheat; to dupe; to impose upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small European fresh-water fish, Gobio fluviatilis, of the family Cyprinidœ. It is easily caught, and is used for bait. See cut under Gobio.
- n. Hence A person easily cheated or insnared.
- n. A bait; an allurement; something used to deceive or entrap a person; a cheat; a lie.
- Resembling a gudgeon; foolish; stupid.
- To insnare; cheat; impose on.
- n. The large pivot of the axis of a wheel.
- n. In machinery, that part of a horizontal shaft or axle which turns in the collar.
- n. In ship-building: One of several clamps, of iron or other metal, bolted to the stern-post of a ship or boat for the rudder to hang on.
- n. One of the notches in the carrick-bits for receiving the metal bushes in which the spindle of a windlass traverses.
- n. A metallic pin used for securing together two blocks or slabs, as of stone or marble.
- n. A piece of wood used for roofing.
- n. Eleotris coxii, a gobioid fish of New South Wales.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small slender European freshwater fish often used as bait by anglers
- 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
Middle English gojoun, from Old French goujon, from Latin gōbiō, gōbiōn-, variant of gōbius; see goby.
Middle English gudyon, from Old French gojon, peg, diminutive of goi, gouge, from Vulgar Latin *gubius, variant of Late Latin gubia; see gouge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gojune, from Anglo-Norman goujon, from Late Latin, gobionem, accusative of gobio, from Latin gobius ("gudgeon") (Wiktionary)