Nearby words

  1. nocturnal myoclonus,
  2. nocturnally,
  3. nocturne,
  4. nocuous,
  5. nocuously,
  6. nod off,
  7. nod out,
  8. nod, land of,
  9. nodal,
  10. nodal bradycardia


    give the nod to, Informal. to express approval of; agree to: The board gave the nod to the new proposal.
    on the nod,
    1. British Slang.on credit.
    2. Slang.drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.

Origin of nod

1350–1400; Middle English nodde, of uncertain origin

Related formsnod·der, nounnod·ding·ly, adverbun·nod·ding, adjective


[ nod ]
/ nɒd /


the land east of Eden where Cain went to dwell. Gen. 4:16. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nod


/ (nɒd) /

verb nods, nodding or nodded


See also nod off, nod out

Derived Formsnodding, adjective, noun

Word Origin for nod

C14 nodde, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for nod
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Idioms and Phrases with nod


In addition to the idiom beginning with nod

  • nodding acquaintance
  • nod off

also see:

  • get the nod
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