- 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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- 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 budger
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.