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
Related formsnod·der, nounnod·ding·ly, adverbun·nod·ding, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for nod off (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for nod off (2 of 2)
verb nods, nodding or nodded
- agreed, as in a committee meeting, without any formal procedure
- (formerly) on credit
Derived Formsnodding, adjective, noun
Word Origin for nod
Idioms and Phrases with nod off (1 of 2)
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with nod
- nodding acquaintance
- nod off
- get the nod