Idioms

    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 forms

nod·der, nounnod·ding·ly, adverbun·nod·ding, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nod off (1 of 2)

nod off


verb

(intr, adverb) informal to fall asleep

British Dictionary definitions for nod off (2 of 2)

nod

/ (nɒd) /

verb nods, nodding or nodded

noun

See also nod off, nod out

Derived Forms

nodding, adjective, noun

Word Origin for nod

C14 nodde, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with nod off (1 of 2)

nod off


Fall asleep momentarily, doze, as in Grandma spends a lot of time in her rocking chair, nodding off now and then. This expression alludes to the quick involuntary dropping of one's head from an upright position when drowsy or napping. The verb nod alone was so used from the mid-1500s. Also see drop off, def. 1.

Idioms and Phrases with nod off (2 of 2)

nod


In addition to the idiom beginning with nod

  • nodding acquaintance
  • nod off

also see:

  • get the nod
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