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nudge1

[nuhj] /nʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
1.
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.
2.
to give a nudge.
noun
3.
a slight or gentle push or jog, especially with the elbow.
Origin of nudge1
1665-1675
1665-75; variant of dial. (k)nidge, akin to Old English cnucian, cnocian to knock
Related forms
nudger, noun
Synonyms
1. elbow, poke, jog.

nudge2

or noodge, nudzh

[noo j] /nʊdʒ/
verb (used with object), nudged, nudging.
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, nudging.
2.
to nag, whine, or carp.
noun
3.
a person who nudges; pest.
Origin
1875-80; < Yiddish, stem of nudyen to bore < Polish nudzić; cf. nudnik
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  • Giving Jean, who was beside him, a nudge with his elbow, he asked what they were to do there.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • At a nudge from his captors, Dr. Bird took his place in the craft.

    The Great Drought Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • I nudge Wurpz and Zahooli as the Neofeuhrer goes over to converse with his crew.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
  • John Splendid, at my side, gave me with his knee the least nudge on the leg next him.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Olimpia needed no nudge from the Captain to tell her who this noble rider might be.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for nudge

nudge

/nʌdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
2.
to push slowly or lightly: as I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
3.
to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
noun
4.
a gentle poke or push
5.
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
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.

n.1

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

n.2

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for nudge

nudge

noun

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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