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First attested in 1730. Origin uncertain, perhaps of Cornish origin (recorded as blogon c. 1450) or from Middle French bougeon, a diminutive of bouge ("club, stick").
bludgeon (plural bludgeons)
- A short, heavy club, often of wood, which is thicker or loaded at one end.
- We smashed the radio with a steel bludgeon.
short heavy club
- Kyrgyz: ? (ky) f (tayak), ? (ky) f (soyul), (ky) f (keltek)
- Latgalian: v?za, bulstaks
- Latvian: runga
- Maori: hauhau, timo
- Bokmål: klubbe m or f
- Nynorsk: klubbe f
- Polish: pa?ka (pl) f
- Portuguese: clava (pt) f
- Russian: (ru) f (dubínka), ? (ru) f (pálica), ? (ru) f (dubína)
- Sanskrit: (sa) f (gad?)
- Slovak: obu?ok m
- Spanish: cachiporra (es) f, cachiporra (es) f, porra (es) f, maza (es) f, garrote (es) m, clava (es) f
- Swedish: klubba (sv) c
- Turkish: sopa (tr)
- Ukrainian: ? m (drju?ók), m (kyjók), ? (dubéc?), ? (uk) f (pálycja)
bludgeon (third-person singular simple present bludgeons, present participle bludgeoning, simple past and past participle bludgeoned)
- (transitive) To strike or hit with something hard, usually on the head; to club.
The apprehended rioter was bludgeoned to death.
2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, ->ISBN, pages 16-17:
Thomas Briggs, a senior bank clerk in the City, lived in Hackney, and on 9 July 1864 he was returning there by train from Fenchurch Street after a Saturday spent at work when he was bludgeoned to death in a first-class carriage, probably by a young German tailor named Franz Müller. (Let's hope it was Müller, because he was hanged for it.) And so Briggs was an all-round pioneer: an early commuter and the very first victim of a railway murder.
- (transitive) To coerce someone, as if with a bludgeon.
- Their favorite method was bludgeoning us with the same old arguments in favor of their opinions.
to club, hit with a bludgeon