Definition of bludger in English:



NZ, Australian
  • 1A scrounger.

    ‘just look at that bludger, can't get his thieving hands on the cash fast enough’
    • ‘Indeed this alternative definition is laced with the idea that welfare reform should be about punishment of bludgers.’
    • ‘And all of this is aimed at propping up the leeching bludgers from the non-industry superannuation sector.’
    • ‘Are there masses of bludgers stealing the sweat from the brows of hard-working New Zealanders?’
    • ‘When asked what I do for a living I either just say that I eat and drink or state as my profession bludger.’
    • ‘For all the fluff written about baby-boomer demands in retirement, the real bludgers on the welfare of the country are the baby boomers' parents who are already in retirement.’
    • ‘It's one thing to stay at home a bit longer to take advantage of free or low rent with the parents or parent in order to save money for the future, but to use this time to just be a bludger is such a waste.’
    • ‘People who break a rule of the immensely complex social security act, become cheats, thieves and bludgers.’
    • ‘They say non-members are bludgers, but ignore the obvious fact that sustainable pay rises are based on productivity, rather than union intervention.’
    • ‘I am always willing to help those who wish to help themselves but the hardcore benefit bludgers deserve a rocket.’
    • ‘I felt worthless without something to do - although I taught myself to cook when I was well enough, I still felt like a complete bludger, even though I was not actually on a benefit.’
    • ‘You're a taxpayer-funded bludger, coward, tyrant-appeaser and liar.’
    • ‘They also tapped into the notion of a fair go, and whilst the media image of them as bludgers had sunk in, the Australian people said that the government was not being fair.’
    • ‘Firstly, we could be more generous to the people who really do need our help, because they are being deprived by those bludgers.’
    • ‘We might hate queue jumpers, but we also detest hypocrites and bludgers.’
    • ‘One of the good things about this job has been proving to myself that I hadn't become a bludger.’
    • ‘It is possible that this structure could accomplish something, if these relatives, cronies, hangers on, drones and bludgers were of any consequence, or even if they were a little better than mediocre.’
    • ‘Curse the bludgers who created this problem by not paying their dues!’
    • ‘Now, these go-getters resent handing over almost half their earnings to subsidise the lifestyles of geriatrics, single mums that push prams around at the local shopping centre, and other variants of so called bludgers.’
    • ‘As there seems to be genuine confusion in Australia today about real battlers and bludgers I would like to offer an example of what a real bludger might be.’
    • ‘Why attack them for being bludgers when they are providing the upbringing of our young people who are the future of this country?’
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    1. 1.1 An idle or lazy person.
      ‘I suspect there are far more bludgers in jobs than on the dole’
      • ‘It just perpetuates the stigma that welfare recipients are lazy bludgers who need to be forced into work.’
      • ‘I was a bit of a bludger in school, really, so any award was a surprise.’
      • ‘National members talk about layabouts and bludgers.’
      • ‘But when members talk about layabouts, bludgers, and lazy folk, they should look at their own number.’
      • ‘If you do nothing productive you are a bludger, get something positive together then we are accused of rorting the system.’
      • ‘First of all, I wonder how many people in this Chamber, and how many people outside it who criticise beneficiaries for being lazy bludgers, can imagine what it is like to really try to live on $134 or $161 per week.’
      • ‘The nation will be in turmoil within 12 months if they get in, with jobs for the bludgers, kickbacks for everyone who has never worked and the poor old worker down the chute again.’


Mid 19th century (originally British slang denoting a pimp, specifically one who robbed his prostitute's clients): abbreviation of bludgeoner, from bludgeon.