verb (used without object), nod·ded, nod·ding.
verb (used with object), nod·ded, nod·ding.
- British Slang.on credit.
- Slang.drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.
Origin of nod
Synonyms for nod
Related Words for nodacknowledgment, permission, greeting, salute, bow, respond, acknowledge, greet, bend, signal, acceptance, affirmative, indication, beckon, yes, sign, dip, inclination, concur, acquiesce
Examples from the Web for nod
Contemporary Examples of nod
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
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
December 10, 2014
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
When he says something, nod; this nodding will induce him to agree with you.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of nod
With a nod and a smile, Aspasia said, "Continue the music, I pray you."Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Wanhope assented to the question referred to him with a nod.Quaint Courtships
All that saved her now was the nod of the Judge's head—both had the giving of life and death.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
A nod from the water seller told that I had reached the end of the journey.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The man by his nod seemed to show he understood what was afoot.Casanova's Homecoming
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