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[buhj](often used negatively)
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verb (used without object), budged, budg·ing.
  1. to move slightly; begin to move: He stepped on the gas but the car didn't budge.
  2. to change one's opinion or stated position; yield: Once her father had said “no,” he wouldn't budge.
verb (used with object), budged, budg·ing.
  1. to cause to move; begin to move: It took three of them to budge the rock.
  2. to cause (someone) to reconsider or change an opinion, decision, or stated position: They couldn't budge the lawyer.

Origin of budge1

1580–90; < Anglo-French, Middle French bouger to stir < Vulgar Latin *bullicāre to bubble, frequentative of Latin bullīre; see boil1
Related formsbudg·er, nounun·budged, adjectiveun·budg·ing, adjective


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4. persuade, induce, move, sway, convince.


  1. a fur made from lambskin with the wool dressed outward, used especially as an inexpensive trimming on academic or official gowns.
  1. made from, trimmed, or lined with budge.
  2. Obsolete. pompous; solemn.

Origin of budge2

1350–1400; Middle English bugee, perhaps akin to budget


  1. (John) Donald,1915–2000, U.S. tennis player.
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Examples from the Web for budge

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Historical Examples

  • As for me, not a foot will I budge, till I have seen thee empty that bowl.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He was ordered into the boat at least half-a-dozen times, but swore he would not budge.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • She saw me, scanned me from head to foot, and did not budge.

  • One might have a discharge of artillery; she did not care to budge once she had settled in a heap.


    Emile Zola

  • I tell you if a man cannot say to Nature: "Budge me from this if ye can!"

British Dictionary definitions for budge


verb (usually used with a negative)
  1. to move, however slightlythe car won't budge
  2. to change or cause to change opinions, etc

Word Origin

C16: from Old French bouger, from Vulgar Latin bullicāre (unattested) to bubble, from Latin bullīre to boil, from bulla bubble


  1. a lambskin dressed for the fur to be worn on the outer side

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French bogee, of obscure origin


  1. Don (ald). 1915–2000, US tennis player, the first man to win the Grand Slam of singles championships (Australia, France, Wimbledon, and the US) in one year (1938)
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Word Origin and History for budge


1580s, from Middle French bougier "to move, stir" (Modern French bouger), from Vulgar Latin *bullicare "to bubble, boil" (hence, "to be in motion"), from Latin bullire "to boil" (see boil (v.)). Cf. Spanish bullir "to move about, bustle;" Portuguese bulir "to move a thing from its place." Related: Budged; budging.

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