Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bludger n.2

[SE bludgeoner]

1. a pimp.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Dec. Red Page: A bludger is about the lowest grade of human thing, and is a brothel bully.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 21: BLUDGER: a man who is kept by or lives on the earnings of a prostitute or brothel keeper: a prostitute’s fancy man. The word has come to be applied to any person who takes profit with risk or disability or without effort or work.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Dec. 3/2: A Victorian plain-clothes constable [...] coolly admitted in open court the other day that he had accepted the assistance in his duty for a fortnight of one of those slimy invertebrates known as ‘bludgers,’ and a particularly vile specimen at that.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 19 June 1/2: This man Hart is a notorious bludger and has been living on women of the unfortunate class .
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Song of a Prison’ in Roderick (1967–9 II) 312: They hear in the church on a Sunday the sound of a soul freed from vice / In the voice of a bludger singing of ‘hangels’ and ‘parrowdice’.
[Aus]Kalgoorlie West. Argus 14 June 27/2: The police described him as a ‘common bludger’ who had been living with Mignonee Vasseur.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 3 Jan. 10/5: [headline] Brutal Bludger Boobed.
[Aus]Cairns Post (Qld) 10 Jan. 2/3: A man comes here with the intelligence of a chimpanzee and the manners of a brothel bludger.
[Aus]W. Australia 3 July 11/5: The accused was a bludger, living on the earnings of prostitutes.
[Aus]Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) 17 Feb. 6/6: He understood that a ‘bludger’ was a man who lived with a woman.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks.
[US]D. Maurer ‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in Lang. Und. (1981) 117/1: box-coat. A pimp. Also barber, bludger, boilermaker, bung, bung-kite, buzzard, cat, custom-made man, fish and shrimp, he-madam, Latin lover, Louis, lover, mack, McGimp, salmon-man, star boarder, sweetback.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 271: At least he wasn’t a bludger.
[Aus]D. Cusack Caddie 93: Prostitutes and their bludgers have priority in this place.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 9: Bludger: In theory one who lives on the earnings of a prostitute.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 59: A ‘bludger’ was 19th-century British slang for a man who lived off the earnings of a prostitute. It was also used in Australia with this sense.

2. (also bluders, bludger-boy) a general term of abuse, usu. implying that the person in question lives off the efforts and money of others.

[Aus]Kalgoorlie West. Argus 22 Jan. n.p.: Accused came up, called them ‘a pair of bludgers’, and said he would arrest them.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 9 Nov. 4/7: Armanesco [...] protected the bludgers who wrought wrong against the victim Spazziani.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 7 Oct. 4/8: When the bludger-boys invade your bars / [...] / To owe for snifters and cigars / Blame it on the Barman.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 10 Dec. 4/8: Quite contented, she are living / With another feller sure, / Who, dear sir, to put it plainly, / Are a bludger on to her.
[Aus]Cairns Post (Qld) 1 Jan. n.p.: [...] charging him with having used insulting words, vis: ‘You are the biggest bludger in Innisfaul’.
[Aus]Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 2 Nov. 8/3: He had referred insultingly to the King as ‘a bludger’.
[Aus]Gippsland Times (Vic.) 5 Oct. 2/4: We’ll make the bludger Rommel / Think he’s copped the Gyppo Heaves.
[Aus]D. Stivens Courtship of Uncle Henry 119: It’s only bludgers like Nicko who can look happy.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 203: A bludger is the worst thing you can be in Australia. It means that you are criminally lazy, that you ‘pole on yer mates’, that you are a ‘piker’—a mean, contemptible, miserable individual who is not fit to associate with human beings.
X. Herbert Soldier’s Women 370: You’d only piss it down the sink or let some bludger take it off of you.
[Aus]K. Gilbert Cherry Pickers II i: I’ll bust you ya little bludger!
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 141: Kincaid won’t open Mary’s bundle till those bludgers go.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 10: I’m not an out-and-out bludger yet.
R. Hall Relations 137: Just look at the bludger, Billy roared. Can’t get his thieving hands on the cash fast enough .
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 16/1: bludge to cadge, scrounge or overdo acceptance of hospitality without contributing [...] A bludger here is much milder than the English harlot’s bully or bawdyhouse bouncer, or thief favouring a bludgeon.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 47: usage Streets are full of fuckin’ bludgers!
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].

3. a white-collar worker (from the point of view of a manual labourer, who sees such work as idling).

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 27 Mar. 5/3: Blackguard band of blatant, bumptious bummers and bludgers, who bum and bludge on Labor [AND].
[Aus](con. 1941) E. Lambert Twenty Thousand Thieves 131: [I’m going to] marry a millionaire’s daughter and become a respectable bludger.
D. Whitington Treasure upon Earth 53: ‘Bludgers’ he dubbed them early, because in his language anyone who did not work with his hands at a laboring job was a bludger.
[Aus]A. Buzo Front Room Boys Scene ii: I don’t like those la-di-da hoity-toity upper-crust bludgers with their fancy accents, so I chucked Lord Muck out the window.
[Aus]Canberra Times 19 Sept. 2/2: It was when you came to analyse the reasons for the uncomplimentary stereotype of public servants as a pack of tea-swilling bludgers [AND].

4. (also blodger) an idler, a lazy person or creature.

Longreach Leader (Qld) 8 May 11/1: You have been nothing but a bludger all your life.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 87: All the men here are loafers and bludgers.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 403: He went up to London and straightaway strode / To army headquarters on Horseferry Road / To see all the blodgers who dodge all the straff / By getting soft jobs on the headquarters staff.
[UK]D. Davin For the Rest of Our Lives 103: If I had a fine bludger’s job like this I’d take it seriously.
[Aus]D. Niland Gold in the Streets (1966) 142: The low-down bludger comes home at eighty to one.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 147: ‘Get in, yuh bludger,’ swore Duke’s mate as he prodded the bull with a long metal-pointed stick.
[Aus] in K. Gilbert Living Black 143: I’m a bludger. I’m a drunk. I’m a jailbird.
[Aus]M. Bail Holden’s Performance (1989) 291: Don’t think we’re nothing but a pack of bludgers.
[UK]R. Barnard No Place of Safety 52: She was a mite sceptical about his treatment of the obvious skivers and bludgers.
[Aus]D. McDonald Luck in the Greater West (2008) 151: The other two forkies [...] were the biggest fuckin’ bludgers [...] Aussies’ll do anything to get out of work.
[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] He sure as shit wasn’t going to wait for some bludger tourists at the boat ramp to back their trailers in.

5. as a term of affection.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 79: I had a prick of a time myself [...] Not like you, you lucky bludger. That nice big house, the pool, all on your own.

6. used verbally as euph for fuck v. (3)

[UK]Independent 2 June 24/4: Well, bludger that.

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