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Definition of "bilge" [bilge]

  • Nautical The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides. (noun)
  • Nautical The lowest inner part of a ship's hull. (noun)
  • Bilge water. (noun)
  • Slang Stupid talk or writing; nonsense. (noun)
  • The bulging part of a barrel or cask. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bilge" in a sentence
  • ""I did not say salt water, lad, I said bilge -- a fathom o '_bilge_ water," interrupted the captain, who, although secretly rejoiced at the fact of his son having fallen over head and ears in love with the pretty little Cocos-Keeling islander, deemed it his duty, nevertheless, as a sternly upright parent, to make quite sure that the love was mutual as well as deep before giving his consent to anything like courtship."
  • "Im sure you used all your mental capacity to dig up such bilge from the depths of your feeble education."
  • "They still seem to believe that anti-immigrant nativist bilge is a big vote winner for them:"