budge

1
[ buhj ]
/ bʌdʒ /
(often used negatively)

verb (used without object), budged, budg·ing.

to move slightly; begin to move: He stepped on the gas but the car didn't budge.
to change one's opinion or stated position; yield: Once her father had said “no,” he wouldn't budge.

verb (used with object), budged, budg·ing.

to cause to move; begin to move: It took three of them to budge the rock.
to cause (someone) to reconsider or change an opinion, decision, or stated position: They couldn't budge the lawyer.

Nearby words

  1. buddy seat,
  2. buddy stores,
  3. buddy system,
  4. buddy up,
  5. buddy-buddy,
  6. budgeree,
  7. budgerigar,
  8. budget,
  9. budget account,
  10. budget deficit

Origin of budge

1
1580–90; < Anglo-French, Middle French bouger to stir < Vulgar Latin *bullicāre to bubble, frequentative of Latin bullīre; see boil1

Related formsbudg·er, nounun·budged, adjectiveun·budg·ing, adjective

budge

2
[ buhj ]
/ bʌdʒ /

noun

a fur made from lambskin with the wool dressed outward, used especially as an inexpensive trimming on academic or official gowns.

adjective

made from, trimmed, or lined with budge.
Obsolete. pompous; solemn.

Origin of budge

2
1350–1400; Middle English bugee, perhaps akin to budget

Budge

[ buhj ]
/ bʌdʒ /

noun

(John) Donald,1915–2000, U.S. tennis player.
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British Dictionary definitions for budge

budge

1
/ (bʌdʒ) /

verb (usually used with a negative)

to move, however slightlythe car won't budge
to change or cause to change opinions, etc

Word Origin for budge

C16: from Old French bouger, from Vulgar Latin bullicāre (unattested) to bubble, from Latin bullīre to boil, from bulla bubble

noun

a lambskin dressed for the fur to be worn on the outer side

Word Origin for budge

C14: from Anglo-French bogee, of obscure origin

Budge

/ (bʌdʒ) /

noun

Don (ald). 1915–2000, US tennis player, the first man to win the Grand Slam of singles championships (Australia, France, Wimbledon, and the US) in one year (1938)
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Word Origin and History for budge

budge

v.

1580s, from Middle French bougier "to move, stir" (Modern French bouger), from Vulgar Latin *bullicare "to bubble, boil" (hence, "to be in motion"), from Latin bullire "to boil" (see boil (v.)). Cf. Spanish bullir "to move about, bustle;" Portuguese bulir "to move a thing from its place." Related: Budged; budging.

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