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
Examples from the Web for nodding
When he says something, nod; this nodding will induce him to agree with you.
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|DAILY BEAST
Keeping the same not-smile smile on your face, nodding quickly and answering with one word.
Nodding his head as he watches the scene unfold, he flashes a thumbs-up.
Those are “words to live by since then,” Christie recounted to the nodding audience.The Elephant in the Room: Chris Christie’s CPAC Dig|John Avlon|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Let up on the cuss-words, Sam; there are ladies present,” said he, nodding 142 toward Lee.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger|Hamlin Garland
Chynoweth hesitated for a moment, and then softly withdrew, nodding his head.The Vicar's People|George Manville Fenn
He listened to what she said, occasionally smiling, and nodding his head.The Blue Lights|Arnold Fredericks
And then, tired and nodding, at last, we shall leave the upland and enter the twilight where all roads end.Chimney-Pot Papers|Charles S. Brooks
"May be some big shooting," replied Washington, nodding his head, wisely.A Voyage with Captain Dynamite|Charles Edward Rich
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