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
verb nods, nodding or nodded
- agreed, as in a committee meeting, without any formal procedure
- (formerly) on credit
Word Origin for nod
mid-15c., from nod (v.). Land of Nod "sleep" is a pun on the biblical place name (Gen. iv:16).
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with nod
- nodding acquaintance
- nod off
- get the nod