[ nod ]
/ nɒd /
verb (used without object), nod·ded, nod·ding.
to make a slight, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command.
to let the head fall slightly forward with a sudden, involuntary movement when sleepy.
to doze, especially in a sitting position: The speaker was so boring that half the audience was nodding.
to become careless, inattentive, or listless; make an error or mistake through lack of attention.
(of trees, flowers, plumes, etc.) to droop, bend, or incline with a swaying motion.
verb (used with object), nod·ded, nod·ding.
to bend (the head) in a short, quick downward movement, as of assent or greeting.
to express or signify by such a movement of the head: to nod approval; to nod agreement.
to summon, bring, or send by a nod of the head.
to cause (something) to lean or sway; incline.
a short, quick downward bending forward of the head, as in assent, greeting, or command or because of drowsiness.
a brief period of sleep; nap.
a bending or swaying movement.
nod off, to fall asleep or doze, especially in a sitting position: He was reprimanded for nodding off in class.
nod out, Slang. to fall asleep, especially owing to the effects of a drug.
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- British Slang. on credit.
- Slang. drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.
give the nod to, Informal. to express approval of; agree to: The board gave the nod to the new proposal.
on the nod,
Origin of nod
1350–1400; Middle English nodde, of uncertain origin
SYNONYMS FOR nod
Related formsnod·der, nounnod·ding·ly, adverbun·nod·ding, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nod out (1 of 2)
(intr, adverb) slang to lapse into stupor, esp on heroin
British Dictionary definitions for nod out (2 of 2)
/ (nɒd) /
verb nods, nodding or nodded
to lower and raise (the head) briefly, as to indicate agreement, invitation, etc
(tr) to express or indicate by noddingshe nodded approval
(tr) to bring or direct by noddingshe nodded me towards the manager's office
(intr) (of flowers, trees, etc) to sway or bend forwards and back
(intr) to let the head fall forward through drowsiness; be almost asleepthe old lady sat nodding by the fire
(intr) to be momentarily inattentive or carelesseven Homer sometimes nods
nodding acquaintance a slight, casual, or superficial knowledge (of a subject or a person)
a quick down-and-up movement of the head, as in assent, command, etcshe greeted him with a nod
a short sleep; napSee also land of Nod
a swaying motion, as of flowers, etc, in the wind
on the nod informal
- agreed, as in a committee meeting, without any formal procedure
- (formerly) on credit
the nod boxing informal the award of a contest to a competitor on the basis of points scored
Derived Formsnodding, adjective, noun
Word Origin for nod
C14 nodde, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with nod out
In addition to the idiom beginning with nod
- nodding acquaintance
- nod off
- get the nod
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