- to push slightly or gently, especially with the elbow, to get someone's attention, prod someone into action, etc.
- to give a nudge.
- a slight or gentle push or jog, especially with the elbow.
Origin of nudge1
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or noodge, nudzh
- to annoy with persistent complaints, criticisms, or pleas; nag: He was always nudging his son to move to a better neighborhood.
- to nag, whine, or carp.
- a person who nudges; pest.
Origin of nudge2
Examples from the Web for nudge
It was another of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink jokes that summed up the entire enterprise.Britain’s Record-Breaking Face-Sitting Porn Protest
December 12, 2014
Crow married and says that midway through the Clinton presidency his wife began to nudge him to the left.These Clinton Haters Can’t Quit the Crazy
May 22, 2014
As I mentioned above, I got started writing Alive in Necropolis because my agent gave me a nudge in that direction.How I Write: Doug Dorst
February 26, 2014
Soon after, the Navy sought to nudge him out but decided there was not enough clear evidence to warrant it.Aaron Alexis Was Hearing Voices a Month Before His Rampage
September 18, 2013
They just needed the nudge of higher standards to get their bosses on board.The Best Green Idea in Obama’s Climate-Change Speech
June 25, 2013
Giving Jean, who was beside him, a nudge with his elbow, he asked what they were to do there.The Downfall
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
John Splendid, at my side, gave me with his knee the least nudge on the leg next him.John Splendid
Olimpia needed no nudge from the Captain to tell her who this noble rider might be.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- to push or poke (someone) gently, esp with the elbow, to get attention; jog
- to push slowly or lightlyas I drove out, I just nudged the gatepost
- to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
- a gentle poke or push
- a gentle reminder
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.).