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 noddedrespond, acknowledge, greet, bow, bend, salute, concur, acquiesce, curtsy, dip, consent, signal, assent, sign, recognize, indicate, duck, beckon, approve, agree
Examples from the Web for nodded
Contemporary Examples of nodded
Hitchcock nodded and replied, “Call it Prosciutto and change the locale to Italy.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Through it all, Chris Hughes nodded approvingly, an unnerving grin on his face.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
I nodded, puffed my chest out, but then looked at the ground.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
I tried to stop and ask him what it was, but he just nodded and kept going down the hallway.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own
August 31, 2014
Then he laughed and made a “who knows” face as he nodded toward one of the men discussing how to bring Marxism to power in Iraq.An Iraqi Group Helping Women and Gays Is Receiving Death Threats
July 22, 2014
Historical Examples of nodded
Miss Milbrey nodded encouragement, seeming to chuckle inwardly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Anger contracted the face of Henry Allister; he nodded gravely.Way of the Lawless
"Yes," said George, and he nodded; but his face was red as crimson.Life in London
"Oh, I'm wise—I'm wise," Aggie nodded, as she hurried out toward her bedroom.
And then, as the other nodded in assent, she spoke with a compelling kindliness.
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