- 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.
- 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.
- give the nod to, Informal. to express approval of; agree to: The board gave the nod to the new proposal.
- on the nod,
- British Slang.on credit.
- Slang.drowsy following a dose of a narcotic drug.
Origin of nod
Synonyms for nodSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
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
Nodding confirmation to the brilliant rejoinder, Janet fell again to work.
"My daughter is not at home; do come in," she said, smiling and nodding.
- 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
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