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noodge

[noo j]
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verb (used with or without object), noodged, noodg·ing, noun
  1. nudge2.

nudge2

or noodge, nudzh

[noo j]
verb (used with object), nudged, nudg·ing.
  1. to annoy with persistent complaints, criticisms, or pleas; nag: He was always nudging his son to move to a better neighborhood.
verb (used without object), nudged, nudg·ing.
  1. to nag, whine, or carp.
noun
  1. a person who nudges; pest.

Origin of nudge2

1875–80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik
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nudge

verb (tr)
  1. to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
  2. to push slowly or lightlyas I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
  3. to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
noun
  1. a gentle poke or push
  2. a gentle reminder
Derived Formsnudger, noun

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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Word Origin and History for noodge

nudge

n.2

"a slight push," 1836, from nudge (v.).

nudge

v.

"to push slightly with the elbow," 1670s, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian nugge, nyggje "to jostle, rub;" Icelandic nugga "to rub, massage"). Related: Nudged; nudging.

nudge

n.1

"complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.).

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