verb (used without object), nod·ded, nod·ding.
verb (used with object), nod·ded, nod·ding.
- nocturnal myoclonus,
- nod off,
- nod out,
- nod, land of,
- nodal bradycardia
- British Slang.on credit.
- Slang.drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.
Origin of nod
Examples from the Web for nod
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.
I nod, and he rolls his eyes in the direction of the bathroom.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She set a career nominations record with her 21st nod—all in the TV fields—for Best Actress in a Comedy for Nurse Jackie.Jennifer Aniston, Oscar Nominee? 5 Takeaways from the 2015 SAG Award Nominations|Kevin Fallon|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We nod our heads towards Pakistan and he is quiet, staring at the floor.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he says something, nod; this nodding will induce him to agree with you.
Robert always saluted the mate, and Haley responded by a nod, or a cool good-morning, but did not indulge in any conversation.Brave and Bold|Horatio Alger
But England was then inclined to take its religion from the nod of a capricious tyrant.
To Fred he only vouchsafed a nod, to show that he had heard what Fred had waylaid him to say.Moth and Rust|Mary Cholmondeley
Mr. Vincent stood up with a nod and leaned himself against the mantelpiece, looking down at the rather indignant young man.The Necromancers|Robert Hugh Benson
The Queen saw me just as they left the palace, and gave me a nod.Seven Little People and their Friends|Horace Elisha Scudder
verb nods, nodding or nodded
- agreed, as in a committee meeting, without any formal procedure
- (formerly) on credit
Word Origin for nod
"to quickly bow the head," late 14c., of unknown origin, probably an Old English word, but not recorded; perhaps related to Old High German hnoton "to shake," from Proto-Germanic *khnudojanan. Meaning "to drift in and out of consciousness while on drugs" is attested from 1968. Related: Nodded; nodding. A nodding acquaintance (1711) is one you know just well enough to greet with a nod.
mid-15c., from nod (v.). Land of Nod "sleep" is a pun on the biblical place name (Gen. iv:16).
In addition to the idiom beginning with nod
- nodding acquaintance
- nod off
- get the nod