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 noddingslow, out, quiet, sleeping, yawning, asleep, blah, comatose, dopey, drowsy, heavy, hypnotic, inactive, lethargic, listless, sluggish, slumberous, somnolent, soporific, torpid
Examples from the Web for nodding
Contemporary Examples of nodding
When he says something, nod; this nodding will induce him to agree with you.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Over by the bed his wife and sister are nodding their heads.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Keeping the same not-smile smile on your face, nodding quickly and answering with one word.Crushing Christmas: How to Win Every Argument
Kelly Williams Brown
December 24, 2013
Nodding his head as he watches the scene unfold, he flashes a thumbs-up.’90s Soap Star Antonio Sabato Jr. Is My Wingman
August 20, 2013
Those are “words to live by since then,” Christie recounted to the nodding audience.The Elephant in the Room: Chris Christie’s CPAC Dig
March 14, 2013
Historical Examples of nodding
"For humane reasons," Demarest commented, nodding approbation.Within the Law
The old night watchman had a way of slipping up on one nodding.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Ah, I see what the mischief is," said he, nodding his head.Biographical Stories
"My daughter is not at home; do come in," she said, smiling and nodding.
Nodding confirmation to the brilliant rejoinder, Janet fell again to work.
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