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[nuhj] /nʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
to push slightly or gently, especially with the elbow, to get someone's attention, prod someone into action, etc.
verb (used without object), nudged, nudging.
to give a nudge.
a slight or gentle push or jog, especially with the elbow.
Origin of nudge1
1665-75; variant of dial. (k)nidge, akin to Old English cnucian, cnocian to knock
Related forms
nudger, noun
1. elbow, poke, jog.


or noodge, nudzh

[noo j] /nʊdʒ/
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
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, nudging.
to nag, whine, or carp.
a person who nudges; pest.
1875-80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik Unabridged
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  • I nudge Wurpz and Zahooli as the Neofeuhrer goes over to converse with his crew.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
  • With that I hauls the Rev. Sam to the front and gives him the nudge to fire away.

    Odd Numbers Sewell Ford
  • I felt a nudge from Waterford and turned the gas full on, while he quietly closed the door and turned the key.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • The poor creature was all bones and only waiting for a nudge to push him into the grave.

  • A nudge from the other's elbow stopped him and I saw them both cast half-lowering, half-inquisitive glances in my direction.

    The House in the Mist Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for nudge


verb (transitive)
to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
to push slowly or lightly: as I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
a gentle poke or push
a gentle reminder
Derived Forms
nudger, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic nugga to push
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Word Origin and History for nudge

"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.


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nudge



A chronic nagger, kibitzer, or complainer: He's not a writer, he's a nudge/not as an assassin, but as a nudge and a nerd (1960s+) v: Usually he comes up to nudgy me while I'm writing/and oh nudjh, could he nudjh!

[fr Yiddish fr Slavic ''fret, dully ache''; perhaps influenced by English nudge]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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