goby vs gudgeon what difference

what is difference between goby and gudgeon



From Latin gobius (gudgeon), from Ancient Greek κωβιός (kōbiós), a type of small fish, of unknown ultimate origin.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡəubɪ/


goby (plural goby or gobies)

  1. Any of various small fish from the large family Gobiidae, in which the pelvic fins are fused to form a disc-shaped sucker.
  2. A gudgeon, such as Gobio gobio.

Derived terms

  • black goby
  • burrowing goby
  • common goby (Pomatoschistus microps)
  • dwarfgoby, dwarf goby
  • prawn goby
  • reefgoby
  • shrimp goby
  • true goby (Gobiidae)


See also

  • mudskipper


  • goby on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Gobiidae on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • Gobiidae on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • Gudgeon (fish) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • bogy, boyg



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌdʒən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌdʒən/, /ˈɡʌjən/
  • Rhymes: -ʌdʒən
  • Hyphenation: gud‧geon

Etymology 1

The noun is derived from Late Middle English gojoun [and other forms], from Old French gojon, goujon (gudgeon), from Late Latin gōbiōnem, the accusative of gōbiō, the ablative or dative singular of Latin gōbius (gudgeon), from Ancient Greek κωβῐός (kōbiós, fish of the gudgeon kind), probably of Semitic origin. The English word is a doublet of goby and goujon.

The verb is derived from the noun.


gudgeon (plural gudgeons)

  1. A small freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, that is native to Eurasia.
    Synonyms: goby, (Britain, dialectal) wapper
  2. (Australia) Any of various similar small fish of the family Eleotridae, often used as bait.
    Synonym: sleeper goby
  3. (figuratively, archaic) A person apt to take the bait; one easily cheated or duped; also, an idiot.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:dupe, Thesaurus:idiot
  4. (figuratively, archaic) Something used to lure or tempt; bait, a lure.
  • joso
Derived terms
  • sea gudgeon (obsolete)


gudgeon (third-person singular simple present gudgeons, present participle gudgeoning, simple past and past participle gudgeoned)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To deprive (someone) fraudulently; to cheat, to dupe.
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To take the bait; to be defrauded or duped.

Etymology 2

From Middle English gojoun (metal fitting with a ring at one end) [and other forms], from Old French goujon (dowel; pin) [and other forms], from gouge (gouge (tool)) + -on (suffix forming diminutives). Gouge is derived from Late Latin gulbia, gubia (chisel), ultimately from Proto-Celtic *gulbā, *gulbīnos (beak, bill).


gudgeon (plural gudgeons)

  1. (also attributively) A circular or cylindrical fitting, often made of metal, into which a pin or pintle fits to create a hinge or pivoting joint.
  2. (nautical, specifically) In a vessel with a stern-mounted rudder: the fitting into which the pintle of the rudder fits, allowing the rudder to swing freely.
    Synonym: brace
Alternative forms
  • (nautical): goodgeon (obsolete)
Derived terms
  • gudgeon pin


Further reading

  • gudgeon on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • gudgeon (fish) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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