- 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 nudging
I worry that these forces are nudging our kids towards behaviors that could adversely impact them down the road.Teen Pregnancies Drop a Whopping 52 Percent in Two Decades
December 8, 2013
Yet, far from nudging Rajapaksa toward greater accountability, their presence in Sri Lanka is likely only to abet his rise.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s Reign of Terror
November 15, 2013
So nudging those numbers just a fraction of a percent could make you billions—and seriously rip off the rest of us.Bank-Bonus Culture to Blame for Barclays Scandal
July 3, 2012
Hillary just gave Barack a boost, nudging Israel to halt West Bank settlements.The Lingering Obama-Clinton Cold War
November 14, 2010
President Obama saw his popularity fade, but scored a win by nudging the Senate to pass health care reform before Christmas.Rising Political Stars of 2010
The Daily Beast
December 26, 2009
You, I mean,' he added, nudging Barnaby roughly with his elbow.Barnaby Rudge
At this there was some pushing and nudging and indulgent whispering.The Manxman
"Morrisson, your honour," said a ragged ruffian, nudging me by the elbow.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
Some in the group espied my approach, and there was a nudging of elbows.The O'Ruddy
"You don't believe me," said the old man, nudging him again.The Mermaid
- 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 nudging
"a slight push," 1836, from 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.
"complainer, nagger," 1960s, from Yiddish, from Slavic words meaning "fret, ache," realted to the root of nudnik (q.v.).