- to move slightly; begin to move: He stepped on the gas but the car didn't budge.
- to change one's opinion or stated position; yield: Once her father had said “no,” he wouldn't budge.
- to cause to move; begin to move: It took three of them to budge the rock.
- to cause (someone) to reconsider or change an opinion, decision, or stated position: They couldn't budge the lawyer.
Origin of budge1
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- a fur made from lambskin with the wool dressed outward, used especially as an inexpensive trimming on academic or official gowns.
- made from, trimmed, or lined with budge.
- Obsolete. pompous; solemn.
Origin of budge2
- (John) Donald,1915–2000, U.S. tennis player.
Examples from the Web for budge
During his budge speech, Treasurer Joe Hockey proclaimed: “The age of entitlement is over.”Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping
June 2, 2014
Nothing, it seems, will budge them from their opposition to give-and-take of governance.Rubio's Immigration Flip-Flop
October 29, 2013
The Democratic presidential administration refuses to budge, and the government is shut down.‘The West Wing’ Government Shutdown Episode Is Frighteningly Familiar
October 2, 2013
In this crisis, there were no hands on deck—no one willing to budge one iota from their respective ideological corners.Ex-Republican Congressman: Shutdown Is a ‘Dangerous Game’
September 30, 2013
The administration refused to budge on calling a spade a spade.Time To Cut Off Egypt
August 14, 2013
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.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
One might have a discharge of artillery; she did not care to budge once she had settled in a heap.L'Assommoir
I tell you if a man cannot say to Nature: "Budge me from this if ye can!"Strife (First Series Plays)
- to move, however slightlythe car won't budge
- to change or cause to change opinions, etc
- a lambskin dressed for the fur to be worn on the outer side
- 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)
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.